Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and vitiligo – A research update
Vitiligo causes skin, hair and oral depigmentation or white patches associated with a loss of melanocytes (cells that colour or pigment the tissue). Affecting up to 1% of the global population there are different sub categories of vitiligo which is also characterised by dermal inflammation.
The breakdown of melanocytes is commonly considered to be caused by autoimmune processes. Research shows that 14.3% of patients with vitiligo also had autoimmune thyroid disease and the presence of autoimmune thyroid antibodies was found in 20.8%. Due to the increased prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease in vitiligo sufferers it is standard to screen for autoimmune thyroid disease among those with vitiligo. Genetic susceptibility has also been implicated in the association between vitiligo and autoimmune thyroid disease.
So what do we do about it?
From the holistic and integrative natural perspective it always comes back down to regulating the immune system and dampening down the autoimmunity to manage symptoms. Simply treating the skin or the thyroid doesn’t address the root cause of the issue. Book your initial consultation with Jean today to receive a $25 discount off for a limited time and educate yourself on potential underlying causes.
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Enke Baldini,1 Teresa Odorisio,2 Salvatore Sorrenti,1 Antonio Catania,1 Francesco Tartaglia,1 Giovanni Carbotta,1 Daniele Pironi,1 Roberta Rendina,3 Eleonora D’Armiento,3 Severino Persechino,4 and Salvatore Ulisse1,* Vitiligo and Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders, Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2017; 8: 290. Published online 2017 Oct 27. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00290 PMCID: PMC5663726, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5663726/