World Vitiligo Day 2022: Know the history, symptoms, treatment of skin disease

June 26, 2022 by No Comments


World Vitiligo Day 2022 is celebrated every year on 25 June with an aim to create awareness about a rare skin disease – ‘Vitiligo’. Also known as leucoderma, vitiligo is a chronic skin autoimmune condition that produces white or pale patches on the victim’s body.

According to studies, about 1-2 percent of the world’s population is suffering from this disease. This rare disease is caused by a lack of melanin. There are many misconceptions associated with this disease. Many people believe that touching can spread the disease from person to person. However, this is a lie.

Why is World Vitiligo Day celebrated on 25 June?

World Vitiligo Day is observed on 25 June in the memorial of famous music artist Michael Jackson, who was suffering from this rare skin disorder. He died on 25 June 2009.

History of World Vitiligo Day

The first World Vitiligo Day was observed in 2011. It was also known as ‘Vitiligo Awareness Day’ and ‘Vitiligo Purple Fun Day’. The idea was started by Steve Harragdon, founder of Vitiligo Friends Network. It was later developed by a Nigerian vitiligo patient – ​​Ogo Maduwesi, who is also the founder and executive director of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF).

Symptoms of Vitiligo

The symptoms of this rare skin disease are classified on the basis of division.

Segmental Vitiligo: This type of vitiligo affects only one area of ​​the body. Also known as localized vitiligo, it is commonly found in children.
Non-segmental vitiligo: This type of vitiligo can appear on both sides of the body. It can cause white patches on the arms, elbows, skin around the body, among other areas of the body.
Non-segmental vitiligo is more common than segmental vitiligo.

treatment of vitiligo disease

  • Treatment of this rare disease may improve the spots on the skin but does not cure the disease.
  • Some common methods of treating the disease include:
  • oral drugs
  • Medication and phototherapy as a combined treatment
  • sunscreen
  • Medication and phototherapy as a combined treatment

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