What Causes Vitiligo to Spread?

What Causes Vitiligo to Spread

The digital world has put too much spotlight on our outer beauty with the onslaught of photo sharing and video sharing apps taking a centre stage in our life. This is the reason why everyone today spends a lot of money on skincare and beauty products in order to look presentable in front of smartphone cameras. So in such beauty centric world, a skin disease like Vitiligo can cause unprecedented damage to the self-worth and confidence of an individual.

In this blog, we will understand the patterns of vitiligo spread and what causes this skin disease to spread. In case you need to know Vitiligo in detail click here Vitiligo: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and More.


Patterns Of Spreading And Progression Of Vitiligo?

Vitiligo can grow or spread in different ways depending upon the individual skin condition. There are primarily three types of patterns in which Vitiligo grows. Below mentioned are the details.


In this type, Vitiligo patches appear on various body parts that later grow over time. This pattern is one of the most common ones in the world. In some cases, these spots stay the same size while in others they spread large enough to cover the limbs.


In clouding, the white patches start appearing on the skin in large sizes that slowly discolor the skin. These patches as they grow tend to merge with one another creating an even bigger patch.


In this type of spread, the patches initially appear in the form of pin dots spread across the body parts. Slowly these pin dots join each other to form a bigger patch. These patches generally appear on the forearm and back area of the body.


What Causes Vitiligo To Spread?

Vitiligo is one of those rare skin diseases that can occur due to multiple factors. The most common cause of Vitiligo spread is considered excessive consumption of Vitamin C  through food or juice. Vitamin C accelerates the spread of discolored/ white patches. Sour food like Amla, curd, yeasted or fermented food has a high proportion of Vitamin C. Many south Indian dishes like Idli, Dosa also has a high quantity of this Vitamin that can push Vitiligo to spread rapidly.

Apart from Vitamin C, a drastic variation in environmental temperature on the skin can also trigger the spread of Vitiligo. There are also cases where the vitiligo spread has happened due to physical or psychological trauma or the stage of depression. Another common cause is “autoimmunity” in which the body’s self-defense works against the skin cell killing the melanocytes that result in the stoppage of pigment production. This autoimmune gets triggered due to the patient’s eating habits, changes in the environmental temperature, excessive consumption of antibiotics, and steroids.


Does Vitiligo Stop Spreading?

The spread of vitiligo completely depends on the individual patient and the severity of the skin disease. It cannot be ascertained if Vitiligo will stop or continue spreading. In some patient, the patches created due Vitiligo remains in the same size for a long time while in some patients, the patches grow rapidly covering all the body parts.

Hence instead of anticipating if the vitiligo will stop spreading, it is better to work on consciously stopping it from spreading. To start with, the patient should stop consuming food that promotes Vitiligo spread like food high in Vitamin C.

Application of topical steroids can also stop the spread of Vitiligo while there are also surgical treatments like phototherapy, skin grafts, and depigmentation which can help in stopping and covering the Vitiligo affected skin surfaces.

To conclude Vitiligo spread has to do a lot with what we eat and what we do. If a conscious effort is made to take care of these then the Vitiligo spread can be controlled to a huge extent.

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