Manipal: World Vitiligo day being Observed in Kasturba Hospital on 25th June

  • Special packages offered for Vitiligo from 25th to 27th June 2015

Manipal: Vitiligo (Thonnu) is an autoimmune disease characterised by skin colour loss and turns to white patches, due to destruction or malfunction of melanocytes (cells that produce melanin). The Vitiligo sets on during the 10-30 age group. This disease affects all races and is affected in same proportion for men and women. Over 10 crore people in the world are affected by Vitiligo. Human Body’s immune system sees the melanocyte pigment cells in the skin as foreign bodies and attacks them resulting in vitiligo condition.

Dr Satish Pai, Head of Department of Dermatology, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal noted that depression, anxiety, social embarrassment and self-consciousness caused by vitiligo are very common. There are many incidents about insult, discrimination at work and other difficulties faced by the Vitiligo patients.

Dr Satish Pai, said that “There are many advanced treatment facilities and latest medications available for treating patients. It is important to seek help of a skin specialist at the earliest in case of Vitiligo. Vitiligo is not at all contagious and hence need not isolate from the affected people. Phototherapy (UVA and NB UVB) are some of the options to get back the normal skin colour but starting treatment early is most important for best results.

Dr Col M Dayananda, Medical Superintendent and COO, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal said that Kasturba Hospital is observing the “World Vitiligo Day” and special vitiligo packages are offered for patients from 25th to 27th June 2015.

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