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My leg birthmark looks like I have vitiligo. How do I test for this?

My leg birthmark looks like I have vitiligo. How do I test for this?

Not aware: Vitiligo is a loss in skin pigmentation often from a burn or from an autoimmune process. Your doctor may test for for autoimmune diseases especially if there are associated symptoms. Otherwise it may just be a cosmetic issue. Uvb-nb phototherapy may work for some people. ...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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I hav hypothyroidism, vitiligo, endometriosis. Should i be concerned about other autoimmune disorders or be tested for more?What test are usually done?

I hav hypothyroidism, vitiligo, endometriosis. Should i be concerned about other autoimmune disorders or be tested for more?What test are usually done?

Maybe: Hypothyroidism and vitiligo may run with hashimoto's, schmidt's, addison's (take a history; morning cortisol screen &/or acth stimulation test if needed), type i diabetes (unlikely at your age), and autoimmune pernicious anemia (consider an occasional serum B12 check) and that uncommon animal autoimmune hypoparathyroidism (you'll know if this happens). Probably you'll get none. Great question. ...Read more

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Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

ANA: The ANA test does not relate specifically to thyroid over activity or lichen disorder but can be helpful with vitilogo. An allergist or dermatologist can dive deeply on these. ...Read more

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What causes vitiligo?

What causes vitiligo?

Autoimmunity: Hi. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease wherein the immune system attacks the melanocytes, the skin cells that make color pigment. The skin areas wherein the melanocytes are destroyed have no pigment and are white. ...Read more

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How is vitiligo cured?

Vitiligo: Medical treatment for vitiligo isn't always necessary. For some, skin color returns without treatment. Using sunscreen and applying cosmetic camouflage cream, may improve the appearance of your skin. For fair-skinned individuals, avoiding tanning can make the areas almost unnoticeable. Medical treatments for vitiligo aim to even out skin tone, either by restoring color (pigment). ...Read more

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How is vitiligo treated?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is autoimmune and hence there is no cure. Many treatments may help though such as light tx, laser tx. Skin grafting and steroids or other creams. ...Read more

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