a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches.
can affect the skin on any part of your body
In a focal pattern, the loss of skin color appears in only a few small areas.
In a segmental pattern, depigmentation occurs on one side of the body.
In a generalized pattern, the loss of melanin occurs on both sides of the body in a symmetrical pattern.
Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard (usually before age 35)
Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose (mucous membranes)
Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball (retina)
Discolored patches around the armpits, navel, genitals and rectum
A disorder in which your immune system attacks and destroys the melanocytes in the skin
Family history (heredity)
A trigger event, such as sunburn, stress or exposure to industrial chemicals
a family history of other autoimmune conditions
another autoimmune condition
changes in your genes that are known to be linked to non-segmental vitiligo
stressful events – such as childbirth
damage to your skin – such as severe sunburn or cuts (this is known as the Koebner response)
exposure to certain chemicals
biopsy of skin
protection from sun
Topical calcipotriene (Dovonex)
tacrolimus or pimecrolimus (calcineurin inhibitors)
referral to a support group
Protect your skin from the sun and artificial sources of UV light
Conceal affected skin
don’t get a tattoo