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How phenols can trigger vitiligo?

phenolsHave you noticed that their seems to be more and more people popping up with vitiligo?

At our Emory vitiligo support group we learned that people with vitiligo have a low tolerance for oxidative stress.  One key trigger to the spread of vitiligo is phenols. Phenols are found in many foods, plants and man-made products. Phenols can trigger or spread white patches on skin through oxidative stress.  This is a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the skin. When free radicals accumulate and becomes unbalanced in a person that is sensitive to phenols it can trigger white patches on their skin. Some types of fruits, red meat, spices like turmeric, beverages, and vitamin C can play a role in creating an accumulation of free radicals in phenol sensitive people which can trigger the spread of white patches. One of the main keys for people with vitiligo is lowering the inflammation and free radical environment inside of their bodies.  Also lowering external stressor in everyday life.

If you spot a white spot on your skin and it begins to spread seek medical advice on treating it early.  To find out more about new approaches and treatment options in Atlanta visit Emory University, Dr. Sulochana S. Bhandarkar, 1525 Clifton Rd, 3rd floor, Atlanta, GA 30322 (404) 778-3333

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Natasha Pierre McCarthy is the proud founder of Vitiligo Bond Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement to individuals with vitiligo. From a vision through teaching as a Christian business professor, Vitiligo Bond was created. We educate through creative forms to patients and the public. Through vitiligo 101 sessions at Emory University with Dr. Holla, special community events, social media, partner support groups, public figures and state leaders we are able to bond and have available support for anyone suffering with vitiligo. Vitiligo Bond has created a path for vitiligo awareness and positive expression. We now have the following states through Governor Proclamations that recognize vitiligo awareness: {Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, & West Virginia}. In addition, Vitiligo Bond has been recognized by Congressman Hank Johnson. Congressman Johnson was also instrumental in our advocacy efforts to help get special recognition during the month of June from our President Obama to recognize and stand together with people who suffer with vitiligo. I believe that God created us for a purpose and everyone deserves the right to have fullness and a quality life. We all have the ability to shine. Vitiligo Bond Inc. is constantly working to raise awareness of the mysterious illness and use their platform in order to fund research that will hopefully lead to the discovery of the cause and a cure for vitiligo.

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