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Doctor insights on: Handling Vitiligo Condition

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Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

No : Vitiligo is due to depigmentation of the skin. It is not hereditary but ... It is often associated with autoimmune disorders and many people with vitiligo also have a corresponding autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders do have a genetic basis. Also, vitiligo as part of a group of symptoms is often associated with inherited genetic syndromes. In most cases it is not genetically inherited. ...Read more

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Vitiligo (Definition)

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which affected individuals have hypopigmented ...Read more


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What happens if we assume that the vitiligo is generic disorder then can we check if it's a dominant, recesive and carrier etc. using karyotyping.?

Autoimmune: Vitiligo is usually considered an autoimmune problem. If you want to find out whether it is genetic, you will need to get a detailed history on family members with this problem. I am not aware of any genetic markers uncovered thus far. Nonetheless if there has been no history of such a disorder among your immediate family members within 3 generations, genetic study would be meaningless. ...Read more

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I've had vitiligo for about 15 years. My condition is a slow progressing one. I am aware there isn't a cure, but what can I try?

Some hope: You may benefit from combo of Protopic ointment in am, and mid-potency topical steroid in pm for trial of one month, to spots, but not the groin. Both are prescriptions. Generally, the longer the vitiligo duration, the harder it is to get the color back. There are special grafting procedures available in some academic dermatology centers, for resistant vitiligo. ...Read more

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What is the skin disease called vitiligo? How do you get it?

What is the skin disease called vitiligo? How do you get it?

Vitiligo: It is an autoimmune disease of the skin where areas lose the natural skin color. It just happens, like all other autoimmune diseases. Dermatologist can help with treating some spots. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the skin disease vitiligo do to you?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo causes patches of skin to lose the normal skin color and appear white or lighter. The disease is usually limited to the skin. ...Read more

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What kind of skin condition is vitiligo? What causes the loss of pigmentation?

Autoimmune: Hi. Vitiligo is the autoimmune destruction of the pigment producing skin cells, the melanocytes. No melanocytes, no pigment. ...Read more

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Someone with very light colored caucasian skin already; can he still get a skin condition like vitiligo?

Yes: Light colored skin can develop vitiligo, however, the difference between depigmented skin of vitiligo and normal skin may not appear as obvious. Even in very pale patients, they still have melanocytes (cells which produce pigment) in their skin. In areas of vitligo, those cells are destroyed, leading to the depigmented apperarance. ...Read more