Narrow UVB treatment provides a lot of benefits for people with inflammatory skin diseases, including leucoderma. Affecting a part, sometimes the entire areas of the body, leucoderma can be annoying and make the sufferers lose confidence. This is where the narrowband UVB light therapy will be beneficial the most for people with leucoderma.
What Is Leucoderma
Leucoderma comes from two words, they are “leuco” which means “white” and “derma” which means “skin”. Most of the time, this skin disease is also known as vitiligo. It is a skin condition that leads your skin to turn white. Vitiligo causes and treatment quite vary. However, vitiligo is mainly caused by the cells that are responsible to color your skin, called melanocytes, get damaged. As a result, the cells can’t produce melanin, the skin pigment anymore. Once melanocytes fail to produce melanin, your skin color will gradually turn white. Though the exact cause of leucoderma is not known, scientists believe that skin disease is the result of autoimmune issues. Several factors are also thought to be responsible for the outbreak of skin disease. Some of the common risk factors that contribute to the formation of vitiligo are type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, scleroderma, and psoriasis. Vitiligo is not contagious. However, the loss of pigment itself can occur in all parts of the body. These include:
- Inside the mouth or other membranes of the mucus
- In the ear (within the hearing system)
- Back part of the eyes
- Areas of the body that often exposed by sunlight, including the face, arms, feet, and hands
- The hair on people with leucoderma also often turns white or grey