How Do I Know If I Have Vitiligo?

How can you tell the difference between white spots and vitiligo?

Segmental or focal: White patches tend to be smaller and appear in one or a few areas.

When vitiligo appears in a focal or segmental pattern, it tends to stay in one area one side of the body.

Many times it continues for a year or so, then stops.

It also progresses slower than generalized vitiligo..

What can be mistaken for vitiligo?

Pityriasis versicolor can sometimes be confused with vitiligo, as they both cause the skin to become discoloured in patches.

Can vitiligo go away on its own?

There is no “cure” for vitiligo. Sometimes patches go away on their own. But when that doesn’t happen, doctors can prescribe treatments that might help even out skin tone. Some of these treatments are things you can try at home; others are done by a doctor.

Can vitiligo be cured in early stages?

Vitiligo does not have a permanent cure, the treatment is only to stop spreading vitiligo. Treatment for vitiligo works better if it started at an early stage( perhaps before 2 or 3 months after starting). If the white spots are developing slowly then we can treat very fast then other vitiligo cases.

How many years does vitiligo take to spread?

Segmental vitiligo is unique, even beyond the fact that it doesn’t cross the midline. It spreads very quickly, faster than the other forms, but only for about 6 months (sometimes up to a year).

At what age vitiligo starts?

Vitiligo can start at any age, but usually appears before age 30. Depending on the type of vitiligo you have, it may affect: Nearly all skin surfaces.

Does vitiligo start as small dots?

At first, this might cause a small spot, called a macule, that’s lighter in color than the skin around it. In time these white patches may spread and grow to cover a larger portion of the body. Sometimes these white patches spread quickly at first and then remain stable for years.

Can I marry a girl with vitiligo?

This is so because of arranged marriages. Thus an young woman with vitiligo has little chance of getting married. A married women developing vitiligo after marriage shall have marital problems perhaps ending in divorce.

Can vitiligo be stopped from spreading?

There is no cure for vitiligo, but treatment can prevent it from progressing and sometimes even restore pigment to the white areas. Topical corticosteroids are usually recommended if less than 10% of the body is involved and the face is not affected.

Where does vitiligo start?

Vitiligo typically begins on the hands, forearms, feet, and face but can develop on any part of the body, including the mucous membranes (moist lining of the mouth, nose, genital, and rectal areas), the eyes, and inner ears.

What triggers vitiligo?

Vitiligo is caused by the lack of a pigment called melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes, and it gives your skin its colour. In vitiligo, there are not enough working melanocytes to produce enough melanin in your skin. This causes white patches to develop on your skin or hair.

Can vitiligo be very mild?

Vitiligo can cause minor changes or extensive changes in the skin. In some people, it may be hardly noticeable, while in others it is obvious. In dark-skinned people the vitiligo patches are obvious since they contrast with normal skin.