Vitiligo – FAQ’s

  • What Is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a skin condition that leads to the loss of skin color in patches. While it is not a common condition, it can be extremely distressing for those who have it. It occurs when the cells that produce the melanin (the pigment that gives your skin it’s color) die or stop making it.

  • Where does it affect?

Commonly affected parts of the body include the hands, face, chest, areas around body openings, and the genitals. The patches tend to grow over time and any part of the body can be affected. It is more noticeable in people with darker skin.

  • Can Vitiligo Be Cured?

There is no cure for vitiligo, however, with treatment, normal skin color can be restored to the affected areas.

  • Can Vitiligo Affect Anybody?

Vitiligo can start at any age, but it usually occurs before the age of 30.

  • What Causes Vitiligo

It may be due to the body’s immune system attacking itself (autoimmune), hereditary or due to a trigger event like severe sunburn or stress.

  • Are There Types Of Vitiligo?

There are different types of vitiligo, in some people, the entire body is affected, and in others, just part of it.

  • Is Vitiligo Contagious?

Vitiligo is not contagious and having it is not the end of the world. People living with vitiligo still live a full and robust life.

  • What Are The Complications Of Vitiligo?

Vitiligo can lead to psychological distress, sunburn, eye problems, or hearing loss.

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By Dr.Okonkwor Oyor C.


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