Prashant (name changed) 39 years old had white patches on his body (Areas involved: face, back, hands, abdomen). He suffered since he was 20 years old. The patched first developed on his hands and gradually increased.
White patches are also known as Vitiligo. It is an auto- immune disorder. It develops when our immune system attacks and destroys the pigment producing cells –melanocytes.
Prashant white patches started re-pigmenting from the 5th month of starting the treatment. In two years he completely recovered. All the white spots re-pigmented and his skin became healthy again.
1. #Correct Diagnosis
Skin examination confirmed that Prashant had vitiligo. The patches were completely de-pigmented. We use Wood’s lamp to validate the diagnosis. Wood lamp is used to identify the extent of pigmented or depigmented patches.
2. # Detailed Evaluation
Prashant’s paternal aunty has vitiligo. The examination revealed that Prashant had a Koebner response (Koebner phenomenon: patient develops new patches after skin trauma). He would develop new patches wherever he got injured or hurt.
After a detailed case study at AIS Clinic we selected homeopathy medicine, Staphysagria. Initially for the first 3 month there was no visible change in white patches. Third month onwards the medicine was administered in different strengths to trigger his immune response. By doing so, there was a positive result. White patches started re-pigmenting and it took almost 2 years to re-fill totally.
3. # Self Help
Depigmented skin sunburns easily and bad sunburn can worsen vitiligo. Avoid sunlight between 10 am to 4pm. If you are outdoors apply sun screen lotions generously (UVA/UVB protection or labelled as “broad-spectrum “with SPF 30 and above ). Re- apply every 2 hours even if it is cloudy. Do not get a tattoo done on the skin as it may worsen vitiligo.