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Albinism: An albino is a term used to describe someone with albinism. This is a condition that results in an inability to make melanin or pigment. There are different causes such as defects in the synthesis of melanin, distribution of melanin within the skin, and lack of pigment cells called melanocytes. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many different forms of albinism. The one without any pigment produced in the hair, skin, or irises, is an autosomal recessive condition (as are other kinds of albinism). Both parents are carriers, and therefore in each pregnancy there is 1 chance in 4 that the fertilized egg will inherit both parental albinism genes. It is rare that 2 people have babies together who are both carriers ...Read more
Most likely normal: The albino has two recessive albino genes and will give one to each of his/her children. The other parent probably has two normal genes so all the offspring will look normal but all will carry one albino gene. In the extraordinarily unlikely event that the partner carries one albino gene of the correct type, then 1/2 of the children will have albinism and 1/2 will be carriers. Rare! ...Read more
What are the odds that a latin person would be an albino especially when there is no clinical visual impairment linking to being albino?
Very low: The odds of albinism is low to begin with, 1 in 17,000. If there are no visual disturbances it is even more unlikely to be albinism. Melanin is required for the development of the optical system, and since melanin is absent in albinos, they all have visual problems unfortunately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no reason: That a person who is albino would specifically have a foul smelling vagina. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling then it is best to see your gynecologist for evaluation ; accurate assessment. ...Read more
It is beautiful...: Albinism is a genetic condition and currently we neither know how nor have the ability to change it safely. There is no permanent way to change your hair color short of hair-transplant. Hair dye can provide instant change. Embrace whay u have: i see it as a relatively unique beauty of life. Wouldn't u agree the lady in picture here is beautiful? Talk to your friends/family. Smile. Laugh. Good luck. ...Read more
Uncommon: The red iris of an albino is due to lack of pigment in the eye so that light reflected from the back which is red transilluminates the iris and it appears red (it is actually whitish). An iris may also look red if it is covered in blood vessels (rubeiosis) and some rare tumors may also give a reddish appearance. ...Read more
If one child is albino and other visually impaired, could the impaired child be a carrier of albino gene?
Albino inheritance: There are 2 types of albionos: those with involvement with skin, eyes and hair and those with just eye involvement. It is possible that your child in fact has albinism so make sure you ask your eye doctor to check for that. On the other hand he cause of albion is a recessive gene or a random mutation - rare. There is a 1/4 chance he inherited the gene from his parents. ...Read more
Wear Sunglasses: It is normal variation,Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes and No: No: special contact lenses can mimick a purple eye. Now without contact lenses, yes, albino's lack iris pigment. If it is severe it looks more red than purple. Yes. Incomplete albinos can have purplish irides, because of transmission of light into the eye and reflecting from retina which is red is filtered by partial albinos as purple. ...Read more