World Vitiligo Day in Bengaluru

World Vitiligo Day in Bengaluru

A series of activities were held in Bengaluru on Friday to mark the World Vitiligo Day. The Bangalore Dermatological Society conducted various activities including a street play to create awareness about Vitiligo.

About 100 million people across the world are suffering from Vitiligo, a chronic skin disorder. Despite sustained efforts and awareness campaigns, Vitiligo is still a stigma to most people in the society.

The chronic skin condition is caused due to the defect in production of melanin, the pigment that determines the colour of hair, skin and eyes.
In addition to personal trauma, Vitiligo patients live a stressful life due to the treatment meted out to them by the society. The white patches on their body draws stigma at every step of their life.

Doctors said they plan to conduct several other activities to get social acceptance for vitiligo patients.  They want to eliminate misconceptions about the skin disease, including the notion that it is contagious.

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