Is Vitiligo hereditary? Individuals often ask if they are at risk of inheriting Vitiligo from their parents. It’s also a question we ask on our assessment as it helps us determine the correct treatment required.
What is Vitiligo
First, let’s recap a few facts about Vitiligo. Vitiligo manifests as a lack of pigmentation on parts of your skin. This appears as white spots or patches. Furthermore, it can appear on the lips and affect the colouring of the hair.
Vitiligo appears on all parts of the body. Most often on areas exposed to the sun as this is the area most likely to be damaged. Likewise, on area that have folds such as elbows and knees. Another area affected is skin around eyes, nostrils and genital areas.
How we get our skin tone
The more active our melanocytes, the more melanin they produce. The production of melanin is what determines our skin tone. Therefore the more melanin you produce the darker your skin tone.
Melanin produces our natural skin’s colour. Cells called Melanocytes produce this melanin. Damaged Melanocytes no longer produce melanin resulting in white patchy skin.
Vitiligo is essentially an autoimmune disease. It is neither contagious nor life-threatening. The worst consequence of the condition is the stress it causes the patient. The social stigma and difference in appearance is hard to handle and by no means inconsequential. Teenagers and children experience tremendous stress as a result of being teased by their peers.
Vitiligo often runs in the family. If the parents have Vitiligo the children have a higher chance of suffering from the condition at some stage of their life. About 25 to 50% of Vitiligo patients have relatives who also have the condition. Strangely only about 6% of siblings seen to suffer from Vitiligo.
These patients seem to have a family history of autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity causes other medical conditions. An example of this, besides Vitiligo, is thyroid dysfunction. Many Vitiligo patients also suffer from thyroid problems. Researches believe genetic Vitiligo is a result of 3 faulty genes. This, in addition to the environmental factors common to the family, may result in Vitiligo.
A high SPF, water-resistant sunscreen is essential for predisposed individuals. Furthermore, Vitiligo Treatment added a product to their range with the predisposed patient in mind. As a result, Vitiligo Treatment developed Vitilox PMF pigmentation management capsules. These capsules prevent the onset of Vitiligo in genetically predisposed people.
PMF was formulated to contain missing elements found to be lacking in patients who have the Vitiligo genes. It contains increased amounts of vitamin B6, B12, Folic Acid, and Trimethylglycine used to control Homocysteine levels. Therefore, this capsule balances the homocysteine count that is a factor in individuals at risk of hereditary Vitiligo.
Remember Vitiligo Treatment is on hand to help answer all your questions. Our Consultants are experienced and can advise you on the best treatment you require.
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