Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes white patches of skin to appear on different parts of the body. Common areas include the body parts most exposed to the sun (such as the hands, face and feet) as well as areas such as the armpits and the genital region. The patches tend to spread, sometimes very slowly over a number of years and sometimes in a matter of days.
Vitiligo affects about 100 million people worldwide. In the United States and Europe, the prevalence is estimated to be about 1% of the population. It affects all races and both genders equally.
Medical treatments for vitiligo are notoriously expensive, ineffective and associated with a high risk of side effects. Unfortunately, this people with this condition are often desperate for a cure, and are willing to pay any price tag, even when they are told about the problems and limitations of the therapies. Every year, the pharmaceutical industry keeps coming up with new, more expensive and still ineffective therapies. And, the profits for the industry keep increasing… Read More