1. Myth: Consumption of certain food items can cause vitiligo.
- Fact: This is false as, over many years, many people have believed that eating white-coloured food items or sour foods like citrus or drinking milk shortly after eating fish causes vitiligo. However, there’s simply no scientific proof to confirm the above theory.
2. Myth: Vitiligo is a contagious disease.
- Fact: Vitiligo is not contagious, and it does not spread through close contact, touch, sharing personal items, saliva, etc.
3. Myth: Vitiligo is a 100% curable condition.
- Fact: It is unpredictable and hence can’t be said for sure. The treatment of vitiligo is difficult and slow; not all patients respond similarly. In addition, vitiligo is of different types with varying percentages of durability.
4. Myth: Vitiligo is tough to diagnose.
- Fact: Vitiligo is a relatively straightforward clinical diagnosis. The diagnosis is based on the characteristic type of the skin lesions, which is hypopigmented, non-scaly, chalky white macules with distinct margins and of typical distribution pattern.
5. Myth: People with vitiligo are less intelligent and or physically incapable.
- Fact: Vitiligo is an exclusive skin condition and has no connection to either physical or mental disorders.
6. Myth: All white patches are vitiligo.
- Fact: No, not all white patches are vitiligo. There is a vast list of all white spot disorders. Nevus, post-burns, leprosy, tinea versicolor (fungal infection), and others are a few examples of potential causes of white patches.
7. Myth: Genetics also play an essential role in vitiligo.
- Fact: A few studies worldwide have found a strong link between the development of vitiligo and a family history of autoimmune illnesses and the occurrence of vitiligo.
8. Myth: Vitiligo is a reaction to twins – abaloongo bamwokya.
- Fact: There is no scientific research that connects twins to vitiligo. Also, it is hard to know exactly how twins are supposed to cause this.