Vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go) is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. This happens because the cells that make pigment (color) in the skin are destroyed. These cells are called melanocytes (ma-LAN-o-sites). Vitiligo can also affect the mucous membranes (such as the tissue inside the mouth and nose) and the eye.
Vitiligo is an acquired, idiopathic disorder characterized by depigmented macules that result from damage to and destruction of melanocytes. Although the disease can occur at any age, 50% of patients acquire it before age 20 years.1 Two of the major theories of the pathogenesis of vitiligo are the autoimmune theory and the autocytotoxicity theory. The autoimmune theory speculates that patients with vitiligo form autoantibodies against melanocytes. The existence of antimelanocyte surface antigen antibodies has been demonstrated, and the severity of vitiligo has proven to be related to the amount of antibodies present. Vitiligo has been associated with antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, diabetes mellitus, Addison disease, alopecia areata, and myasthenia gravis.
The autocytotoxicity theory postulates that melanocytes are destroyed either by themselves through self-generation of melanin precursors (or metabolites) or by keratinocytes, which release chemicals that generate oxidative stresses. It is believed that the normal defense mechanisms of melanocytes against oxidative stress and melanin precursors are defective in vitiligo melanocytes.
The cause is not known. Vitiligo may be an autoimmune disease. These diseases happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body. In vitiligo, the immune system may destroy the melanocytes in the skin. It is also possible that one or more genes may make a person more likely to get the disorder.Melanin is the pigment that gives the skin its characteristic color. Vitiligo is caused by a loss of pigment in the skin, due to destruction of pigment-forming cells known as melanocytes. The exact cause of the destruction of these cells is not known. One possible explanation might be that the body’s immune system destroys the cells, as in other autoimmune conditions.
People with certain autoimmune diseases (such as hyperthyroidism) are more likely to get vitiligo than people who don’t have any autoimmune diseases. Scientists do not know why vitiligo is connected with these diseases. However, most people with vitiligo have no other autoimmune disease.
Vitiligo may also run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. However, most children will not get vitiligo even if a parent has it.
There is no known way to prevent or cure vitiligo. However, several methods, including cosmetics, re-pigmentation using UV light therapy, corticosteroid creams, depigmentation of unaffected skin areas, and skin grafting, can be used to improve the appearance of skin severely affected by vitiligo.
Systemic and topical psoralens with subsequent long-wave UV-A exposure (PUVA) is the most common treatment prescribed. Narrowband UV-B irradiation has also demonstrated some success in treating vitiligo.
Topical corticosteroids are most effective on small, newly depigmented areas. Potent topical corticosteroids can be used on the face, with ultrapotent steroids reserved for the body. Corticosteroids have been shown to be effective in only 57% of adult patients and only 64% of childhood vitiligo patients. The long-term use of topical steroids often causes irreversible dermoepidermal atrophy, manifesting with striae and telangiectasias.
As one my close friend is affected by this problem, so i started to search for the cure. i asked many people about cure search and research on this for months;
He tried all possible medicine for this problem and somehow after 25 years it stopped spreading. that’s from Saudi Medicine.
I will list all possible treament he done; hope some may useful for some needy.
Treatments for vitiligo
These are a number of remedies that can help decrease the visibility of vitiligo on the affected areas of the skin.
Phototherapy with UVB light: Exposing the affected skin to UVB lamps is a common treatment option.
Oral intake of folic acid, vitamin B12 and sun exposure could be helpful in treating vitiligo. One hundred patients with vitiligo were treated with oral folic acid and vitamin B12 after being informed that sun exposure might enhance repigmentation. They were requested to keep a record of sun exposure in summer and UVB irradiation in winter. The minimal treatment time suggested was 3-6 months but should be longer if improvement was achieved. Clear repigmentation occurred in 52 patients, including 37 who exposed their skin to summer sun and 6 who used UVB lamps in winter. Repigmentation was most evident on sun-exposed areas, where 38% of the patients had previously noted repigmentation during summer months. Total repigmentation was seen in 6 patients. The spread of vitiligo stopped in 64% of the patients after treatment. Folic acid and vitamin B12 supplementation combined with sun exposure can induce repigmentation better than either the vitamins or sun exposure alone. Treatment should continue as long as the white areas continue to repigment. Further studies are needed to determine ideal minimal dosages of vitamins and UV exposure, as well as treatment time.
Tacrolimus a macrolide immunosuppressant that comes from the fungus Streptomyces tsukubaensis, is a novel treatment for vitiligo. Tacrolimus has also been used safely and effectively in immunologically based skin disorders, including psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum, and alopecia areata. Oral tacrolimus has limited use in skin disorders because of its potentially severe adverse effects, including infections, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hyperkalemia, nephrotoxic and neurotoxic effects, and increased risk of neoplasia.
Nitrium Acidum: has shown some encouraging signs in the treatment of Vitiligo.
Kali Carbonicum: Potassium carbonate undergoes the process of potentization to evolve into a powerful deep acting homeopathic remedy called Kali Carb. Kali carb is a polycrest drug.
Lemna minor or wild duckweed is also used to cure white spots on the skin because it has the capability of reactivating the melanocyles that stops functioning. As the melanin levels in the body become normal, skin pigmentation gets corrected causing the white spots to disappear. Therefore, grind lemna minor to a fine paste, add honey to it and drink one teaspoon two times daily. These are some of best known herbal remedies for curing white spots on skin. Try them religiously and you are bound to get results.
Psoralea seeds: Psoralea(Babchi, Bakuchi). seeds soaked in the juice of ginger or tamarind seeds (to be replaced daily) for three days is perhaps the most time tested and best home remedy for vitiligo. Psoralea seeds essentially replicate the effect of the sun tanning and is effective in restoration of skin color. After three days of soaking, the seeds should be rubbed with hands to remove their shell and should be dried in shade before being grounded into a powder. One gram of this powder should be taken daily with fresh milk for 40 days without interruption. The ground seeds after soaking for a day and applied on the affected areas.
Psoralen NH(USA): Psoraalen NH Contains psoralen which sensitized skin & Rejuvenate melanocytes so they start Producing Pigment melanin (skin color) Naturally Without any side effect. This is said to be very effective; similar to Saudi medicine explained below.
Anti vitiligo oil(USA): most effective herbal remedy for the re-pigmentation of vitiligo. Re-pigmentation with Anti vitiligo oil is very fast, results are mostly visible within fortnight after regular application. Re-pigmentation with anti vitiligo oil is permanent. All the ingredients Coconut oil Psoralea corylifolia, European Barberry Root, Black cumin are 100 % natural have no chemicals.
Vitiligo Organics(UK)( Natural ) with Above contents
Viticare by Herba-Care: Based on traditional Egyptian medicine that has been tested for centuries
Lukoskin of Aimil Pharma by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)INDIA
Ruxolitinib (Jakafi):it is an oral drug that had a very rapid effect on vitiligo, improving the patient’s facial pigmentation from less than 1% to over 50% in just 4-5 months.
Hydrocotyle Asiatica: This is a remedy that is prepared from the plant called Indian Pennywort. The tincture from the whole fresh plant is used for the preparation of this remedy.
Sodium thiosulfate (Hypo): along with diet control and UVB light.
clovate 0.5 mg/g: Said to be cured some.
Hydrocotyle Asiatica : This ingredient stimulates pigmentation, and will reverse your symptoms.
Silica (Si):Silica is very effective in treating not only Vitiligo, but also Eczema. A Silica deficiency has been the cause of Vitiligo in many patients.
St John Wort: is commonly used to cure problems of skin discoloration. The process of using this herb is very simple; just boil its leaves and flowers in water and filter away the raw parts from the extract. Drink this juice extract three times every day after meals. You can even apply this juice in the affected area. This treatment is said to be very effective for curing white spots on skin and at the same time very safe.
Skin camouflageTaning or similar body colour remaking creams cover the patches temporarly.
Xiaobai mixture : Another traditional Chinese medicine mixture of 30g of walnut, 10g of red flowers, 30g of black sesame, 30g of black beans, 10g Zhi Bei Fu Ping (duckweed), 10g of Lu Lu Tong (sweetgum fruit, Liquidambaris fructus) and 5 plums.
Chromelin Complexion BlenderWaterproof skin dye used to darken light or unpigmented areas of skin affected by vitiligo.
Syphillinum: is frequently used in the homeopathic treatment of vitiligo.
Arsenicum Sulfuratum Flavum: This is one of the specific remedies used for the treatment of vitiligo in homeopathy.
Sepia:Inky Juice Of Cuttlefish, Sepia Succus, Sepia Officinalis
Khellin (Ammi visnaga). Khel is a Mediterranean plant with vital attributes that make it a beneficial home remedy for Vitiligo.
Depigmenting:Depigmentation is achieved by the use of strong topical lotions or ointments, like monobenzone, mequinol or hydroquinone.
Topical corticosteroids:Corticosteroid ointments are creams containing steroids.
Pigmento tablets: Contain Psoralea,Acorus calamus, Cassia tora and Melia azadirachta.
Hypopigmentation Vitiligo Support Powder Supplement
Natrum Muriaticum: Natrum Muriaticum is an interesting example of homeopathic medicine prepared from a common food substance, the common salt, sodium chloride. As a rule, the common salt undergoes a special procedure called potentization, whereby its inner healing power is activated to make it available for healing.
Radish Seeds: Radish seeds are very valuable in treating vitiligo. Approximately 40 grams of finely pounded radish seeds should be soaked overnight in a little amount of vinegar. The paste should be applied on white patches and allowed to dry for around two hours or until it dries and comes out as scales.
Roots Herbal remedies for White patches: Containing Basil, Bawachi (Psoralea Corylifolia), Nagarmotha (Cyperus Rotundus), Chaulmoogra Oil Plus, Aloe vera or cucumber Gel.
Vitiligo Treatment by Microdose- Tratamiento Vitiligo
Calcipotriene (Dovonex):Calcipotriene is a form of vitamin D used as a topical ointment. It may be used in conjunction with corticosteroids or light treatment.
Drugs affecting the immune system:Ointments containing tacrolimus or pimecrolimus (calcineurin inhibitors) can help individuals with smaller patches of depigmentation.
Ginkgobiloba: Extract of ginkgo biloba given in a dose of 40mg, thrice a day has been found effective in arresting the growth of progressive vitiligo.
Psoralen: Light therapy (UVA or UVB) can be combined with psoralen. therefore increasing the risk of skin cancer further down the line.
Skin grafts: A skin graft is a surgical procedure which entails carefully removing healthy patches of pigmented skin and using them to cover affected areas.
Basil leaves and lime juice: Basil leaves has vital anti-viral and anti-aging attributes which are beneficial for the skin. Basil leaves paste mixed with lime juice is also known to promote melanin production and is an effective home remedy for vitiligo.
Tattooing:Using a surgical instrument, the pigment is implanted into the skin.
Leadwort: Make a paste of leadwort root and water and apply over the white patches.
Calcarea Carb: One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Vitiligo with milky white spots on the skin.
Figs: Eat a lot of figs in the raw form , as it purifies the blood and improves its circulation. Roast the figs and powder them and add water to it , to make a paste and apply this paste on the white patches in the skin.
Arsenicum Sulfuratum Flavum: is used in the treatment of many different skin conditions. This compound will reverse your symptoms.
Sulphur: is a deep acting homeopathic medicine used frequently in treatment of varying skin diseases including vitiligo.
Black gram: Powder black gram and add water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected areas and wash off after it dries. Do this for about four to five months for better results.
Syphilinum is a powerful natural treatment that is very effective in treating skin conditions, as well as digestive problems.
Pomegranate leaves and Neem leaves pounded together and taken oraly on empty stomach, Equal quantity of Mustard oil, Garlic oil, Neem Oil,Hemp oil,Kalongi oil and Bakuchi oil to be applied thrice daily after appling apple cider vineger.
Afamelanotide:In combination with UVB treatment afamelanotide seems to be effective.
Indian lilac leaves: Make juice of Indian lilac leaves and drink this daily twice for better results. Since this juice has essential minerals and compounds to effectively treat this condition.
Phosphoros: is a powerful ingredient, and will boost your immune system, heal your skin, and will increase your blood supply.
Ginger leaves: Take ginger leaves and powder it with poultice and apply this paste on the white patches.
Tofacitinib citrate: An arthritis drug – tofacitinib citrate – has shown some promise. It inhibits Janus kinase, an enzyme that seems to be implicated in the etiology of vitiligo.
Carcinocin: remedy used for its ability to treat the deep-seated constitutional problems that cause vitiligo instead of the symptoms.
Saudi Medicine: This is available in Saudi Arabia, at Al-Dana Center DAMAM; for free; only after showing photo of the patient; It is said to be very powerfull as told by a cured Patient.
Another herbal powder available in India is combination of many plants (eg:Psoralea Corylifolia,European Barberry Root,Cassia tora and Melia azadirachta(Indica),Khellin (Ammi visnaga).Black Caraway Seeds,(Black cumin seeds,,Black seeds (Nigella sativa,Kalavanji(URDU) Kalonji(HINDI)) are very useful in treating leucoderma.
If vitiligo is caused by nutritional deficiency, regulation of diet becomes of prime importance. The dietary regimen should include food rich in:
Vitamin B9 and B12: As per a study conducted on a larger number of vitiligo sufferers, it was found that 80% had a nutritional deficiency of Vitamin B9(folic acid) and vitamin B12. Cases of total repigmentation after 3 to 6 months of supplementation of these vitamins have also been recorded. Sufferers of
A moderate intake of food rich in copper has been found to be very effective home remedy for vitiligo. Food rich in copper include liver, oysters, cocoa powder, chocolates, nuts, calamari and lobsters, dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seed, ground ginger, chill powder and soybean sprouts.
Vitiligo may thus stand in good stead by adding food naturally rich in vitamin B9(yeast extract, liver, dried herbs, sunflower seed) and Vitamin B12 (liver, milk, cheese, beef, chicken, mutton, pork, fish, ham, whole egg. and yoghurt into their diet.
Eating a variety of fish, meats, vegetables, and fruits is encouraged in the treatment of vitiligo.There is also further evidence for using antioxidants in the treatment of vitiligo. According to the clinical experiences of the authors, high doses of antioxidants (as part of combination treatment with other vitiligo therapies) have decreased the risk of abrupt deterioration of vitiligo. Patients with vitiligo are advised to select foods rich in antioxidants. These antioxidant-rich foods include pomegranates, grapes, oranges, lemons, grape fruits, pineapples, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, nuts (e.g., walnuts, cashew nuts), sunflower seeds, black sesame, perilla seeds, olives, black beans, tomatoes, red clover, broccoli, ginger, beets, kale, red cabbage, peppers, spinach, Agaricus bisporus (common/crimini mushrooms), green tea, coffee, Almonds, apricot, beetroot, bitter-gourd, black pepper, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, coconut, common salt, dates, drumstick, fenugreek, fig, grapes, horse-gram, mango, mutton, chicken, onion, pineapple, pistachio nuts, potato, pulses, rice, spinach, turnip, walnut and wheat . If the aforementioned foods are not available, patients can use commercial nutritional supplements. These include products containing genistein (black bean extract), green tea polyphenol, co-enzyme Q10, selenium, alpha-lipoic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, gamma linolenic acid, carotenoids, quercetin, vitamin C, and vitamin E, and others.
Although some specialists insist that vitamin C is harmful in vitiligo because of its skin whitening properties, we believe the advantages of vitamin C as an antioxidant outweighs the risk of hypopigmentation, and we recommend that patients to take vitamin C at a dosage of 0.5-2 grams daily.
Some studies have demonstrated that the level of vitamin B12, folic acid, copper, and zinc in patients with vitiligo may be lower than in unaffected individuals. Microelements such as selenium, copper, and zinc are essential in the diet or as supplements. It is preferable to take vitamin B12 along with folic acid due to the considerable synergistic effects of the pairing . It is recommended that patients obtain these nutrients from vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, spinach, Agaricus bisporus, kiwi, or multivitamin supplements.
Food to avoid
Some Ayurvedic specialists insist that certain foods are harmful to the body when a patient is suffering from vitiligo. This includes tamarind, tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, grapes, papayas, sour or pickled food items, tinned foods or drinks, chocolate and cocoa products, coffee, oily or spicy foods, blueberries, pears, eggs, dairy products, and fish. Traditional Korean medicine specialists do not recommend consuming pork, chicken, and wheat for patients with vitiligo. There are also homeopathic doctors who suggest that sour foods, ascorbic acid, non-vegetarian foods, and flavored drinks and foods with artificial colors may worsen the condition.
Avoid banana, beef, bottle gourd, brinjal, butter milk, cashew, curd, custard apple, egg, amla, groundnut, guava, lemon, lentil, melon, milk, orange, pomegranate, prunes, tamarind, tomato and water-melon in the diet.
It is by some Ayurvedic specialists insist that certain foods are harmful to the body when a patient is suffering from vitiligo. This includes tamarind, tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, grapes, papayas, sour or pickled food items, tinned foods or drinks, chocolate and cocoa products, coffee, oily or spicy foods, blueberries, pears, eggs, dairy products, fish,banana, beef, bottle gourd, brinjal, butter milk, cashew, curd, custard apple, egg, amla, groundnut, guava, lemon, lentil, melon, milk, orange, pomegranate, prunes, tamarind, tomato and water-melon.
Traditional Korean medicine specialists do not recommend consuming pork, chicken, and wheat for patients with vitiligo. There are also homeopathic doctors who suggest that sour foods, ascorbic acid, non-vegetarian foods, and flavored drinks and foods with artificial colors may worsen the condition.
Processed foods such as those found in cans or bottles, and preserved or tinned meats such as ham or sausage, contain various food additives including: dyes, color retention agents, defoaming agents, emulsifiers, flavors, fungicides, preservatives, sweeteners, thickeners, and chemicals introduced at the agricultural or animal husbandry phases, among many other possible ingredients.
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If anyone find/know working remedy please post it in Comments; that may helpful to some. if something is worked for someone that dosnt mean that it will work for others, but dont stop trying.
Is Vitiligo contagious?
Vitiligo is not contagious. It does not spread by contact, food or otherwise. It is also not a precancerous condition. Treat them with love, without being Possessive or rude; tolerate them coz they cannt handle nonsense.
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