Skin diseases have been around for a very long time, and yet most people know very little about these conditions. Vitiligo is not contagious, nor is it physically painful, yet people afflicted with this condition are sometimes treated as though they have leprosy. Other skin problems are viewed with as much fear and disgust as a person with vitiligo, and this is something that people need to learn more about so that they can be more supportive to those afflicted.
In some cases, a skin disease is genetic, and so there is little that can be done to avoid this problem. If the individual is lucky, advances in science may provide solutions that either delay the symptoms or in some cases, allow for prevention. This may mean taking medicine on a regular basis, or obtaining some other form of regular treatment. Skin cells have undergone a lot of scrutiny over the past few decades and a lot of success has been had in this area; however, this doesn’t mean that there is or ever will be a cure for every skin disease.
With contagious skin diseases, the best thing to do is avoid contact with those who have a disease or who exhibit the symptoms of one. Washing hands regularly and avoiding physical contact with these individuals is important. Some skin conditions may be passed on to others through airborne means and so this must be considered as well. This doesn’t mean ostracizing those who have a skin disease, but it does mean taking necessary precautions.
Some diseases of the skin are more likely to occur if the body is too weak to fight the infection. Therefore, it is a good idea to take care of your health, and especially your skin. Shower regularly with plain soap and avoid excessive use of sanitizers, which kill all bacteria, including the kind that you need to keep the bad germs away. Skin care is also important with regards to temperature change. Avoid exposing your skin to extreme temperatures as that will weaken your body’s response to different kinds of diseases.
As a society, we aren’t comfortable being around people with skin diseases, yet knowledge is our best defense in understanding whether a skin disorder is contagious or not. Those skin problems that are contagious are treated differently, and generally they do eventually go away. However, a chronic skin disorder such as vitiligo isn’t contagious and avoiding people with this condition isn’t kind nor is it fair to them.