Top 10 Myths & Facts About Vitiligo/ Leucoderma

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Top 10 Myths & Facts About Vitiligo/ Leucoderma

This article explains about the myths and facts related to Vitiligo.

Vitiligo or leucoderma is a skin disease in which the regular color disappears from the skin due to malfunctioning of pigment cells (melanocytes). 

People with this disease have different sizes of white spots on different parts of their body. 1-2% of people on the planet are affected by this disease, but in India, 4-5% of the people are suffering from this disease.

90% of people start seeing white spots on your body as a stigma and some individuals are confused about it as leprosy.

Vitiligo is not harmful to the body, but it can also cause a lot of stress. 

The problem of vitiligo is a complex disease. Often we get to see patients suffering from this disease. This type of problem can happen in all men and women, but the symptoms of this disease are most apparent in women.

In India, there are various myths and superstitions regarding vitiligo which is mostly due to illiteracy. Less educated people fall prey to such kind of misconceptions. So, such kinds of false notion should be removed from society. 

For this, everyone has to strive for it because not having proper information about the condition only promotes many of these blind beliefs.

Vitiligo: Myths VS Facts

Myth 1: 

Incorrect combination of foods causes Vitiligo such as eating fish immediately after drinking milk, eating raw onion with milk, drinking milk with pumpkin, etc.


In fact, Vitiligo has no direct relation to taking such kinds of foodstuffs. By staying away from certain kinds of food items, the spread of the disease cannot be ended.

On the other hand, Ayurvedic Vaidyas keep it in the category of incompatible diet for Vitiligo patients. 
However, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to prove it.

Some people believe that consuming milk or other white foods brings about Vitiligo. 

Also, there is a myth that it is spread by eating sour foods like citrus fruits (lemon and orange), pickles, etc. However, more long-term studies from different sources are needful to prove/establish or discard this presumption. 

incompatible foods in vitiligo

Myth 2: 

Vitiligo patients have low mental or physical productivity or ability.


Vitiligo is only a skin-related disease that does not affect mental or other physical efficiencies. It cannot affect any organ other than the skin.

Myth 3: 

Vitiligo is a type of Leprosy.


Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae, which is communicable while vitiligo does not have a far-reaching relationship with infection. It cannot transmit from one person to another just like Leprosy. It really is neither infectious nor contagious.

This disease is not spread by shaking hands and eating food in the same plate, or sharing a towel and drinking bottle, etc.

Myth 4: 

Vitiligo is connected to skin cancer and albinism.


There are transparent inequalities in each of these diseases and their cause is also different. 

Thus, vitiligo has no relation in any way, directly or indirectly. The mental or physical abilities of vitiligo patients are as normal as others.

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease and frequently concerned to hyperthyroidism, pernicious anemia, alopecia areata, adrenocortical insufficiency in which the skin color maintaining cells are destroyed. 

Therefore, Vitiligo patients should keep in touch with the doctor regularly to monitor their disease and other possible conditions. One should always get treatment on the advice of a doctor. Self-medication is not recommended as it can be dangerous. 

Unfortunately, there is currently no effective treatment available to manage vitiligo in the allopathic arrangement of medicine. Research is underway for far better treatment options.

Myth 5: 

Treatment of vitiligo is impossible, means it is untreatable.


This is partly true. Nowadays, many modern treatments are available such as Ultraviolet or Narrowband Ultraviolet B treatment, Immunomodulator Drugs, Steroids, Surgical Options (Skin and Cellular Grafts). 

With the help of these options, vitiligo can be cured either partially or completely. There is very good treatment available in Ayurvedic arrangement of medicine. Ayurveda treats such disorders from the root. 

Myth 6: 

Only people with dark skin have vitiligo. 


Vitiligo affects people of all colors equally. However, it has been seen to occur more in people with darker skin. 

myths about vitiligo

Myth 7: 

It is a punishment for sins committed in a past life. 


Some people believe that vitiligo is a kind of divine curse regarding past sins. 

Whereas this is a sheer wrong superstition and false belief.

Myth 8: 

Vitiligo patients are born with patchy skin due to their mixed-race parents.


Vitiligo has no direct relationship with the ethnicity of the parents. It is a progressive disease that can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate on age, caste, complexion, etc.

Myth 9: 

Vitiligo occurs only on sun-exposed parts like face, lips, hands, etc.


This is completely wrong. Because Vitiligo can occur on the covered area like belly, back, thigh, anal, and genital parts. Yes, it is also true that there are more chances of white spots in the sun-exposed area. 

Hair that grows on white patches also often turns white.

Myth 10: 

All white patches are Vitiligo.


Some people believe that all white patches are vitiligo. But there are many diseases like Post-Burning, Albinism, fungal infection, Fordyce Spots, Oral thrush, Canker Sores, Cold Sores, and Mucous Cyst in which the skin color turns white. For more information, click the below link - 

    *  7 Effective Tips To Treat White Spots On Lips

Vitiligo is a journey that can only be understood by those who are victims of this disease. It teaches life differently. It breaks all the social fake lives depicted by us.

Always remember that there is no magic stick to get rid of vitiligo. So go to a vitiligo clinic to manage it properly because this issue with its causes has never been explained in medico texts completely. Hence, its exact causes remain unknown. 

But hope is surviving with Ayurveda. So in the first attempt of treatment, go to the shelter of Ayurvedic doctor and never pay attention to these kinds of false myths. Always make great efforts to achieve or obtain a better one because living with Vitiligo is mentally and emotionally challenging. 


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