After examining very closely over a couple
of thousands of cases of vitiligo, I would like to share
some thoughts with the patients and the relatives (especially
the parents) who may be overtly concerned about the disease.
Most patients and parents, especially those who attach undue
social significance to the altered look of the skin due
to the de-pigmented patches, must realize some points which
they possibly did not think earlier:
1. Vitiligo is the only skin disease which does not itch,
pain, or give any sort of physical discomfort.
2. Vitiligo belongs to group of diseases called Auto-immune
diseases. Some of the auto-immune diseases are diabetes,
cancer, hypothyroid, alopecia areata (patchy hair loss),
lichen planus, etc. Vitiligo is the mildest of all the above
stated auto-immune diseases.
3. Vitiligo is a chronic disease belonging to the group
of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension,
migraine, Parkinson disease, brain disease, paralysis, ulcerative
colitis, cancer, etc. Those who have vitiligo instead of
other chronic diseases must feel happy that they were saved
from other disabling chronic diseases.
4. In a study at our center, we have observed that most
cases of vitiligo have a family history of one or more of
the autoimmune diseases such as hypothyroid, Cancer, Diabetes,
alopecia areata, hypertension or such disease; denoting
that the patient could have suffered with the harsher disease
5. The patients who suffer with vitiligo should familiarize
with the above facts, which can convince them truly of the
fact that vitiligo is the most innocent disease and it is
better to have vitiligo than any of the above stated diseases.