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
Support vitiligo awareness at www.vitiligobond.org