Vitiligo is the loss of pigment of in the skin as a result of immune-mediated attack on melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in skin. Patches of non-pigmented skin appear in patterns or particular areas. Some affected develop a few patches, while others lose entire regions of skin color. Vitiligo can affect other parts of the body as well, including hair, lips, and the colored region of the eye.
Vitiligo is not contagious, nor is it life-threatening. It is associated with several other autoimmune conditions, such as thyroid disease and diabetes. Most affected individuals will have vitiligo for life, so it is important to develop therapeutic and coping strategies. Treatment may include topical preparations, laser, and exposure to narrow-band ultraviolet-B light (NB-UVB). Coping strategies include education and connection with Vitiligo foundations or support groups.
If you have Vitiligo, consult with one of our dermatologists about the treatment options that are right for you.