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  • Vitiligo

    Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by portions of the skin losing their pigment. It occurs when skin pigment cells die or are unable to function. Aside from cases of contact with certain chemicals, the cause of vitiligo is unknown. Research suggests vitiligo may arise from autoimmune, genetic, oxidative stress, neural, or viral causes. The global incidence of vitiligo is less than 1%, with some populations averaging 2–3% and rarely as high as 16%.

  • Vitiligo

    Disease statistics
    Vitiligo is an acquired depigmentation disorder of great concern affecting 1–4% of the world population. Vitiligo is disfiguring in all races but particularly more so in dark skinned people because of strong contrast.

  • Vitiligo

    Treatment
    There is no cure for vitiligo but several treatment options are available. The best evidence is for applied steroids and the combination of ultraviolet light in combination with creams. Due to the higher risks of skin cancer, the United Kingdom's National Health Service suggests phototherapy only be used if primary treatments are ineffective.

  • Vitiligo

    Research
    In the Mexico, about 1 in 100 people develop vitiligo. In around half of people affected it starts before the age of 20, although it can occur at any age. Men and women are equally affected, as are people of different ethnicities. Mexican Government is conducting basic and clinical research on the prevention, control, and treatment of Vitiligo.

 

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