Busting myths about Vitiligo: Does eating fish actually cause it?

Living with a ‘skin condition’ in a country with a majority of people being unaware is not easy. From looking at acne with eyes full of disgust to associating myths with conditions such as vitiligo, the people do it all. Talking about skin conditions and raising awareness on the topic is essential to bid farewell to the taboos and sick misconceptions that continue to prevail in our communities for a long time.

It is also very important to help individuals who are constantly bullied, ending up with insecurities for something they have absolutely no control over. It is about time we educate ourselves and let the truth about vitiligo unfold.

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a skin condition experienced by over 0.1-2% of the world’s population. In Pakistan, this condition is seen among 3-4% of the people. It is basically an autoimmune disorder that stops the melanin from making the pigment of the skin.

Since the required pigment for the skin is not produced, white patches appear on the skin. It might also cause sunburn if you face the sun rays directly without using an SPF. Vitiligo is physically completely harmless, unlike many other autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis and more.

Myths about vitiligo which have no biological basis

Let’s admit it; we all have heard about the common misconceptions people associate with vitiligo, and growing up, many of us believed those myths. Many thought that maybe one has control over the skin condition or are themselves the reason behind their cause.

Here are some false beliefs that we commonly come across about the condition:

  • Vitiligo is contagious.
    No, vitiligo DOES NOT spread from person to person or by coming in contact with a person having it.
  • Vitiligo is leprosy.
  • Vitiligo is the result of your wrongdoings.
    It definitely isn’t. Hear this because it’s loud and clear.
  • Having milk and fish together causes vitiligo.
    Well, above are the details about what causes vitiligo. So no, this common myth is nothing but a misconception.

Can Vitiligo be treated?

No. Vitiligo can not be treated. Many dermatologists and pharma industries might manipulate you into thinking that it is curable, but the truth is that it is not. Although it is non-curable, one thing that is preferred is to use sunblock when coming in contact with the sunrays to avoid sunburns.

A message to the people with vitiligo

Portrait of an young woman with vitiligo in profile. Avatar of young girl with pigmentation on the skin. Vector illustration

It is definitely not easy to tolerate those stares that many might give you when you step outside, and many of you are brave enough to do so. But you all must know that you are beautiful. You are extraordinarily exquisite, and the next time people throw comments and judge your condition on you, educate them regarding it. It is about time that we talk about vitiligo!

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