Vitiligo is a disease that causes areas of skin to lose color, resulting in spots and patches of lighter skin. Some people develop a few spots. Others have more widespread color loss. Dermatologists offer treatment that may restore lost skin color.
While vitiligo cannot be cured, treatment may restore lost skin color. Research shows that having an even skin tone can greatly improve both physical and mental well-being.
A group of inherited disorders characterized by little or no melanin production.
The main symptom is skin that turns white or loses its color. But which areas of skin are affected depends on the type of vitiligo a person has. There are a few different types of vitiligo. The most common type is called "generalized vitiligo" or "vitiligo vulgaris." But there are others, including "acrofacial vitiligo" and "segmental vitiligo."
Yes, if you develop patches of white skin, see a doctor or nurse.
Maybe. Vitiligo often happens along with other autoimmune problems, so your doctor or nurse might order blood tests to check for those other problems.