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What You Need to Know About Vitiligo

Autoimmune Diseases
Vitiligo seems to be more common in people with certain autoimmune diseases (diseases in which a person's immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues). These autoimmune diseases include:
 
Family History
Vitiligo may also be hereditary, meaning it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo.
 

Symptoms

White patches on the skin are the primary vitiligo symptom. These patches are more common in areas where the skin is exposed to the sun. The patches may be on the:
 
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Arms
  • Face
  • Lips.
 
Other common areas for white patches are:
 
  • The armpits and groin
  • Nostrils
  • Around the mouth
  • Eyes
  • Navel
  • Genitals.
     
In addition to having white patches on the skin, people may have premature graying of the scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard. People with dark skin may notice a loss of color inside their mouths.
 

How Is Vitiligo Diagnosed?

In order to make a diagnosis of vitiligo, the doctor will ask a number of questions about a person's medical history, perform a physical exam to look for any signs of vitiligo or other conditions, and order certain tests.
 

Vitiligo Skin Disorder

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