Essay On Vitiligo

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The term vitiligo is derived from the latin word "vitelius" meaning "calf". The white patches of the disease resembles the white patches of a spotted calf resulting in the disease being called Vitiligo. This is a disorder of the skin in which white patches will appear on the skin on different spots of the body. The disease will happen to people because the melanocytes that make pigment in the skin are destroyed. The history of Vitiligo dates way back and has many characteristics of the victim, signs, and symptoms along with methods of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Many scientist believe that Vitiligo was first discovered in 1500 B.C in Egypt. In The Ebers Papyrus, which is an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to 1500 B.C, it describes two forms of depigmentation one being depigmentation that resembled Vitiligo. Many centuries went by and vitiligo continued to be one of the most important depigmentation ailments worldwide. It would provoke discrimination or segregation in certain cultures where affected individuals were unable to get jobs or even become married most probably based upon ancient religious beliefs. Around 1533 Andreas Vesalius called the attention about the skin having two layers. Several decades later Jean …show more content…

It was first discovered long ago in 1500 B.C by the Egyptians and took many centuries to figure out what was happening to the skin. Sun exposed areas will most likely be the first spot vitiligo is seen which are the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. Later on other places on the body start to get the white patches as well. Also there could be premature whitening or graying of the hair on their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard. There are many methods a doctor can do to see if someone has vitiligo and there are a few treatments that can control the disorder. Vitiligo is harmless and can not usually be

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