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Vitiligo is a skin condition where there is a loss of brown  or skin’s natural color (pigment) from areas of skin, resulting in irregular white patches technically an abnormality of melanin synthesis.


Causative factors

Surprisingly, the causes of vitiligo are yet to be precisely established, but most of the research so far points to the following:

  • An autoimmune disorder - the patient's immune system becomes overactive, and destroys the melanocytes
  • Genetic oxidative stress imbalance
  • Stress
  • Harm to the skin due to a critical sunburn or cut
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Viral cause

What are the symptoms of vitiligo?

White patches on the skin are the main sign of vitiligo. These patches are more common in areas where the skin is exposed to the sun. The patches may be on the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. Other common areas for white patches are:

  • Anywhere in the extremities
  • The armpits and groin (where the leg meets the body)
  • Around the mouth
  • Eyes
  • Nostrils
  • Navel
  • Genitals
  • Rectal areas
  • Gray hair - people with vitiligo often have hair that turns gray early

Different patterns of appearance

Usually three patterns of appearance are observed. Generalized pattern is the most common. In this pattern pigment loss is widespread across many parts of the body, often symmetrically. In segmental pattern, loss of skin colour occurs on only one side of the body. This type tends to occur at a younger age, progress for a year or two, and then stops. Focal pattern shows limited de-pigmentation in one or a few areas of the body.


Homoeopathic management

Homoeopaths usually recommend remedies like Acidum nitricum, Arsenicum album, Arsenicum sulphuratum flavum, Sumbul, etc. along with an intercurrent remedy based on constitution, miasm, generalities, etc. Ammi visnaga Q & Psoralia Q have been prescribed for external application. Usually these patients are asked to expose the patches in Sun light for re-pigmentation after applying the medicine externally.


Get remedy

Please consult your homoeopath


Disclaimer: The information provided herein on request should not be taken as a replacement of medical advice or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.