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Can You Develop Albinism As You Age Do You Have To Be Born With It
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitiligo/ds00586. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitiligo/ds00586. Read more
I know that sometimes albino people have red, or seemingly pink eyes, but could a non-albino be born with red eyes?
No. Many causes: Iris color is a function of the amount of pigment, blood and nerve supply. Trauma and inflammation, injury and surgery and diseases that damage or diminish nerve supply can cause iris color to change. Pink irises are a function of the lack of pigment an are abnormal and indicate a disease, trauma or genetic problem. Read more
Albinism: Albinos inherit a deficiency in a gene which makes pigment. Pigment is protective against sun and other environmental influences it is usually a recessive and therefore the abnormal gene is in both parents with a 25% of albino offspring (higher if the parent is albino themselves). Multiple body systems can be affected including vision. Sun sensitivity is extreme. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Albinism is a genetic pigmentary disorder. The genetic defect that affects enzymes that are involving in pigment (melanin) production or distributive pathways. With this condition, it is absolutely imperative to use sunscreen/block, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing to prevent uv induced damages. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pedigree analysis: Albinism is a recessive trait, meaning that it entails the loss of a function and you must have two copies of the gene to see it. The way to know if you are a carrier is to examine your ancestors and see if there is a history of albinism in a direct ancestor. There are also genetic tests available. A genetic counselor can help if this is a major concern for you. Read more
Defect in melanin: Is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates, including humans. The treatment is symtomatic especialy for the eye problems. Read more
Albino vision: Albinism has moderate and severe forms. Refractive needs are common. The eyes as a protective measure commonly develop a dancing motion (nystagmus) which lowers the central acuity. Light sensitivity is of course the rule. There are advances in this know to your ophthalmologist who you should consult when the condition is first detected. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: See a doctor and let them check you. Read more
No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin-this determines skin color. There are different types of severity based on the gene involved and how much the gene is "damaged." the more damage, the less melanin. It is not an all or none effect. Patients can still get freckles, small collections of skin cells with more melanin than surrounding skin. Read more
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