Searching for the Vitiligo Gene
We don’t often hear about the research being done to learn more about vitiligo, much less find a cure for it, but rest assured it is going on.
March 20th was the Annual Society of Pediatric Dermatology’s pre-AAD meeting in Denver Colorado where
Richard Spritz, MD, University of Colorado, Denver, spoke about his research on the Genetics of Vitiligo.
Here is a link to the video .
Vitiligo is a disorder that is affecting more and more people all over the world. People affected by vitiligo, although they do not actually suffer from the symptoms of vitiligo per se, are greatly affected by the social implications that this condition brings with it. Because of the change in appearance of the skin, patients become socially withdrawn and usually avoid leaving their homes.
Vitiligo is characterized by the presence of white patches on the skin all over the body. In some persons, they will be found on the legs and hands, and thus they can be covered by wearing clothing that can hide the patches. However, in some cases, these patches will also be found in the facial regions, which cause in the patients a lot of distress. To help these affected people, there are several vitiligo support teams all over the world. These support organizations help the people learn more about vitiligo and keep them informed of the best treatments available. They also help in sourcing support from other people who are also affected by vitiligo. Some of the well-known vitiligo support groups from around the world include the following:
- Vitiligo Support International
- National Vitiligo Foundation
- The American Vitiligo Research Foundation, Inc.
- The Vitiligo Society
- Vitiligo Turk
- Turning White Foundation