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VITILIGO

What You Need To Know
WHAT IS VITILIGO?

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterised by the loss of pigmentation in certain areas of the skin, resulting in white patches. It occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing melanin (the pigment that gives color to the skin, hair, and eyes), are destroyed or stop functioning.

Vitiligo can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity, although it is more noticeable in individuals with darker skin tones. The condition is generally not harmful or contagious, but it can have significant psychological and emotional effects on those affected, particularly due to the cosmetic changes it causes.

CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT FOR VITILIGO

There is currently no cure for vitiligo, but various treatment options are available to manage its symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin.

These treatments include topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, topical psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy, narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) therapy, depigmentation (for extensive vitiligo), and surgical procedures such as skin grafting and tattooing.

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  • Loss of skin colour: The affected areas of skin lack melanin, resulting in a loss of pigmentation and a contrast with the surrounding normal skin.

  • Symmetrical distribution: Vitiligo patches often, but not always appear symmetrically on both sides of the body.

  • Premature graying of hair: People with vitiligo may experience a loss of pigment in their hair, leading to the early development of gray or white hair in the affected areas.

  • Sensitivity to sunlight: The depigmented patches are more susceptible to sunburn 

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

A Functional Medicine Approach to Vitiligo

We take a holistic approach to health, focusing on identifying and addressing the underlying factors that contribute to a condition. While there is no specific functional medicine treatment for vitiligo, a functional medicine approach to vitiligo may involve the following principles:

  • BALANCING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: We aim to support and modulate the immune system. This may involve identifying and addressing triggers that activate the immune response, such as chronic infections, environmental toxins, or food sensitivities.

  • DETOXIFICATION SUPPORT: We understand the potential impact of environmental toxins on overall health and immune function. Supporting the body's natural detoxification processes may be considered, with recommendations for reducing exposure to toxins and supporting liver function.

  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT:  We focus on a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet to support overall health and immune function. 

  • GUT HEALTH SUPPORT: We understand the gut-skin connection and the potential role of gut health in autoimmune conditions like vitiligo. They may assess and address gut issues such as dysbiosis, leaky gut, or food sensitivities that could be contributing to inflammation and immune dysregulation.

 

  • IDENTIFYING AND ADDRESSING TRIGGERS: We may explore other potential triggers or sensitivities that could be exacerbating symptoms or impacting gut health. This may involve investigating food intolerances, assessing for other autoimmune conditions, and identifying environmental factors that could contribute to inflammation or immune dysregulation.

  • STRESS MANAGEMENT: Chronic stress can contribute to immune dysfunction and exacerbate autoimmune conditions. We may include stress management techniques such as mindfulness practices, relaxation exercises, or counseling to support emotional well-being and reduce stress.

  • LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS: We may explore lifestyle factors that could influence the development or progression of vitiligo. This can include optimising sleep, regular exercise, and addressing other underlying imbalances such as hormonal issues or nutrient deficiencies.​​

To take a proactive role in managing your health, we encourage you to reach out to our team. We have extensive experience assisting individuals with conditions such as vilitigo and are dedicated to helping you improve your symptoms and overall well-being.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH US TODAY. 

 

 We offer a range of appointments in-person or online. 
You will receive the same service and expertise from us through our virtual, online clinic, just as you would if you visited us at our London clinic.

To discuss how we can assist you, call us on 020 3886 1339, or email us at  hello@autoimmunecliniclondon.com.

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