Researchers have finally found a way to treat Vitiligo, a skin disfiguring condition. According to the study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, with the help of a drug used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis scientists got success in restoring the lost skin pigments in a patient suffering from vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a disease in which a patient loses skin color and forms a white spot after body attacks the pigment-producing cells in the skin called melanocytes. These white spots are more visible in patients with dark skin color. Scientists say that the disease doesn’t has any major health related issue, but it affects the mental condition of the patients. People still consider vitiligo as a taboo, specially in rural regions of India and generally people even avoid touching a person infected with the white spot creating disease which leads to devastating psychological effect in patients’ mind.
“For folks who have it in publicly visible places, the face, the hands, it becomes a social nightmare,” said Brett King, an assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “You know, you are standing in the grocery store line and people are staring at you, or take a wide path around you, because they think that something is wrong with you because you don’t look like everybody else. It can be devastating.”
However, King says that his team has successfully treated a patient with vitiligo. The study was conducted over a 53 old Caucasian woman whose face completely lost its color pigments along with major parts of hands and arms. After treating the patients for nearly five months, 90 percent color pigments were recovered, said King
While explaining King said that the rheumatoid arthritis drug interrupts the pathway through which signal for destruction of melanocytes goes, thus body stops destroying color pigments instead it regenerates these pigments.
In order to make the drug go public, King has already approached two major drug companies to make the compound and conduct clinical trials so that devastating condition of skin decolorization can be reversed.