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Albinism has a lot of myths associated with it and there's a lot of unawareness about it. There's no doubt that albinism is a misunderstood disease. 'Albinism is a congenital disorder and results in a partial or complete lack of pigment, affecting the person's skin, eyes, and hair. People with albinism usually have light colour skin, hair and impaired vision. However, the skin and hair colour of each individual with albinism varies, depending upon the amount of pigment present,' said Dr Kiran Godse, Consultant Dermatologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi. We ask Dr Godse to elaborate on the commonly believed myths about albinism. Read: 9 important facts about albinism
#1: Albinism is a curse from the gods or from dead ancestors.
Truth: Albinism is a genetic condition that results in a lack or total absence of pigmentation in the body. It is purely an Autosomal-Recessive Genetic condition.
#2: Being in contact with a person with albinism will bring bad luck, sickness or bad omen
With changing times and better treatment options, we can look at more easily available options. Here are few treatment options:
Remember: There is no cure for Albinism. Treatment is aimed to ease the symptoms and it depends on the extent of the disorder.
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