Symptoms of leucoderma (vitiligo)
The problem usually starts with a small white spot and later on it develops into patches. These patches are pale in the beginning but become whiter and whiter as time passes due to loss of pigment. As spots enlarge, they merge into each other and, in course of time, form a very broad patch. In some cases, most of the skin of the body may be covered with white patches. The spread of the disorder is usually slow and progressive. Symmetrical appearance on both the sides of the body (say, on the legs, hands, etc.) is common. In rare cases one finds vitiligo spreading all over the body.
Causes of leucoderma (vitiligo).
The exact cause for the leucoderma (vitiligo) remains unknown. Many wrong beliefs are prevalent about the causes of leucoderma. It is not caused by eating fish and drinking milk at the same time, as is generally believed because even vegetarians suffer from this disorder. Other food combinations such as pumpkin and milk, onion and milk as possible causes of leucoderma also have no basis. leucoderma (vitiligo) is not caused by any germs, nor is it due to bad blood. Some of the possible causes for Vitiligo includes :
- Skin trauma
- Mental worry (stress)
- Heredity is also causative factor and about 30 percent of patients have history of the disorder.
- Physical illness