is a disease in which the pigment cells of the skin, melanocytes, are destroyed in certain areas.
Vitiligo is an acquired depigmentation disorder of great concern affecting 1–4% of the world population Vitiligo is disfiguring in all races but particularly more so in dark skinned people because of strong contrast.
Symptoms and signs
include loss of skin color in the form of depigmented, or white, patches of skin in any location on the body
No Known Cause
When melanin cells stop making pigment, the white patches begin to appear. Patients were not born with dysfunctional melanin cells like albinos’ melanin cells, but rather stop producing pigment for some unexplained reason. The cause of vitiligo is not fully understood. Some attribute it to a stressful or traumatic event, while others point to family history. Still, some doctors and scientists blame autoimmune disorders for the white patches.
Possible Risk Factors
As the cause vitiligo is not fully understood, doctors and scientists are not fully sure of the risk factors that may lead to vitiligo. Autoimmune disorders and family history are listed as possible risk factors, although these may be hard to avoid. Patients with vitiligo may not necessarily pass along the condition to their children, and not all patients with autoimmune disorders develop vitiligo, which is why many choose to list these as risk factors and not as causes. Individuals who notice white patches forming on their skin should contact a skincare professional. This is the best resource for information pertaining to vitiligo and its symptoms and possible treatments.
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