There are a lot of diseases in the world that are still mysterious to doctors and scientists. One such skin disease is Vitiligo. Although we know the effects and possible treatments for vitiligo, scientists are yet to identify the exact cause of vitiligo among patients.
However, it is very important to identify vitiligo in its earliest stage to get a more effective treatment and stop it from spreading. In this blog, we are going to share five common signs of vitiligo which if you identify, should immediately consult a dermatologist.
Vitiligo affects 0.5% to 2% of people globally and hence it is a very rare condition. Just like any disease, there are few signs that the body shows in the initial stage of vitiligo.
5 Common Signs Of Vitiligo
Below mentioned is the list of five summing signs of vitiligo.
1. Change In The Color Of Eyes
Most of us know might not know but the color of our eyes comes from the pigmentation cells that are present in the iris and retina. In a Vitligo patient, these pigmentation cells in the eyes die or stop producing melanin which causes the eyes to discolor. If you see any changes in the color of your eye, you must consult a doctor.
2. Patches Appearing On The Skin
One of the most common and visible signs of vitiligo is patches appearing on the skin of the person. These patches start appearing in the areas where the pigmentation cells are dying or have stopped producing melanin which gives skin the normal color. Check your complete body in front of the mirror to see if there are any visible patches. The patches would be easily visible on a person with a darker complexion compared to a fairer one as the patches generally look white.
These patches can appear anywhere in the body but it generally starts appearing on the skin that is generally exposed to the skin like hands, feet, face, and arms. When they first appear they look lighter than the rest of the skin color. Later they turn pink when the body’s immune system attacks healthy melanocytes. Finally the affected patch most of the time becomes completely white.
3. An Already Prevailing Disease
In a study done for a period of 10 years, It was found that around 20% of patients who had vitiligo had an already prevailing autoimmune disease.
Diseases like thyroid disease and alopecia are closely related to Vitiligo. Patients with thyroid disease have 15 times more possibility of getting vitiligo that other patients while patients suffering from alopecia had 31 times more possibility of getting vitiligo.
4. White Patches Appearing Insides Of The Mouth
Another common and important sign of vitiligo appears in the inside of the mouth. The tissue inside your mouth and nose which is called a mucus membrane starts losing color when a patient is suffering from Vitiligo. If you see any changes in color inside your mouth or nose, contact your doctor immediately.
5. Greying Of Hair
The easiest signs of Vitiligo are visible on the hair. If a patient is suffering from Vitiligo then his/her hair on the scalp starts greying prematurely. It also affects eyelashes, eyebrows, and beards which starts turning grey rapidly. If you seeing hair turning grey prematurely then it could be an early sign of Vitiligo. It is highly advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
To conclude, Vitiligo is a rare disease that can trigger at any point in time. Early detection is the best way to limit the impact of Vitiligo and hence do look out for the five signs mentioned above. If you have any other doubts regarding the disease or any visible signs that are appearing on your body you can call +919803-029-029 to get the most reliable checkup and treatment. You can also fill your details below and one of our representatives will get in touch with you.