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All About Vitiligo: 3 Myths Debunked

Vitiligo Glenn Dale, MDAlthough the cause of vitiligo is unknown, there is some scientific evidence pointing to the fact that it is an autoimmune disorder. By causing white patches across the entire body, Vitiligo is a skin disorder that can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you have recently been diagnosed with vitiligo, itis good to know the ins and outs of the disease. To help you better understand it, we have debunked three common myths. Read on to learn more.

Myth #1: Diet Can Affect Vitiligo

One of the myths circulating vitiligo is that it is exacerbated by things like milk and fish. However, that simply is not true. In fact, there is no real connection between your diet and this skin disorder. So, if you have been wanting to eat more ice cream or salmon but haven’t because of a fear of Vitiligo, go for it.

Myth #2: It’s Contagious

Often mistaken for leprosy or a form of leprosy, one common misconception that people have about vitiligo is that it’s contagious— making people stay far away from you when it’s completely unnecessary. However, vitiligo is not a contagious skin condition. In fact, someone can rub your skin with a bare hand, and they won’t contract it.

Myth #3: It’s a Form of Skin Cancer

If you are diagnosed with vitiligo, you may be worried that you have a form of skin cancer and start to worry. Although vitiligo is considered to be a skin disease, it is in no way related to skin cancer. Some patients with vitiligo may contract skin cancer, but they are in no way interconnected.

If you have vitiligo, it’s good to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction. To learn more about vitiligo or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact Callender Cosmetic and Dermatology today!

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