What Is Vitiligo?

Q:
What is vitiligo?

A:
In brief, vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. Any location on the body can be affected. Also, most people with vitiligo have white patches on many areas.

What are the causes?

In fact, we don’t know exactly the cause of the condition. It might be an autoimmune condition. It means your body’s defenses turn on your own cells instead of attacking invading germs.

What are the symptoms?

  • Patchy loss of skin color
  • Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  • Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose
  • Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball

Vitiligo can start at any age, but often appears before age 20.

See your doctor if areas of your skin, hair or eyes lose coloring. While vitiligo has no cure, treatment may help to stop or slow the discoloring process and return some color to your skin.

 

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