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ALBINISM. What is it?. Albinism is characterized by the loss of all of the pigmentation in your body including your skin, hair and eyes ;therefore, you turn out white. Because of no pigmentation Albino people are more capable of getting skin cancer . African boy with albinism . Types .
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What is it? Albinism is characterized by the loss of all of the pigmentation in your body including your skin, hair and eyes ;therefore, you turn out white. • Because of no pigmentation Albino people are more capable of getting skin cancer African boy with albinism
Types • Oculocutaneous Albanism- Affecting skin eyes and hair • Ocular Albinism-Affecting only the eyes
CAUSES • Albinism is the inheritance of a recessive gene allele • Defect in an enzyme involved in the production of melanin
Signs and Symptoms • Humans with Oculocutaneous Albinism appear to have white skin because of the lost of pigmentation in the skin, white hair for the same reason, and no color in their eyes. very sensitive to light, have poor eyesight and involuntary eye twitching. • Humans with Ocular Albinism have no pigmentation in their eyes, poor eye vision and often have involuntary eye twitches.
Treatments and Cures • Treatment involves protecting the skin and eyes from the sun • Reduce sunburn risk by avoiding the sun, using sunscreen, and covering up completely with clothing when exposed to the sun. • Sunglasses help relieve light sensitivity. • Glasses prescribed to correct vision problems and eye position. • Eye muscle surgery is sometimes recommended to correct abnormal eye movement
Works Cited • "Albinism - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment of Albinism - NY Times Health Information." Health News - The New York Times. Web. 07 Feb. 2012. <http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/albinism/overview.html>. • "Albinism." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 07 Feb. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albinism>. • Finnerty, Ms. "Albinism." Web log post. Web. • "Melanin: Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia Image." National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. Web. 07 Feb. 2012. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/9620.htm>.