How Do You Test For Vitiligo?

Where does vitiligo usually start?

Vitiligo typically begins on the hands, forearms, feet, and face but can develop on any part of the body, including the mucous membranes (moist lining of the mouth, nose, genital, and rectal areas), the eyes, and inner ears..

How can you tell the difference between white spots and vitiligo?

Segmental or focal: White patches tend to be smaller and appear in one or a few areas. When vitiligo appears in a focal or segmental pattern, it tends to stay in one area one side of the body. Many times it continues for a year or so, then stops. It also progresses slower than generalized vitiligo.

How does someone get vitiligo?

Vitiligo is caused by the lack of a pigment called melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by skin cells called melanocytes, and it gives your skin its colour. In vitiligo, there are not enough working melanocytes to produce enough melanin in your skin. This causes white patches to develop on your skin or hair.

How many years does vitiligo take to spread?

Segmental vitiligo is unique, even beyond the fact that it doesn’t cross the midline. It spreads very quickly, faster than the other forms, but only for about 6 months (sometimes up to a year).

Can we stop vitiligo from spreading?

There is no cure for vitiligo, but treatment can prevent it from progressing and sometimes even restore pigment to the white areas. Topical corticosteroids are usually recommended if less than 10% of the body is involved and the face is not affected.

Can vitiligo go away on its own?

There is no “cure” for vitiligo. Sometimes patches go away on their own. But when that doesn’t happen, doctors can prescribe treatments that might help even out skin tone. Some of these treatments are things you can try at home; others are done by a doctor.

Can I marry a girl with vitiligo?

This is so because of arranged marriages. Thus an young woman with vitiligo has little chance of getting married. A married women developing vitiligo after marriage shall have marital problems perhaps ending in divorce.

Does stress cause vitiligo?

Others thought nerves might be involved because emotional stress can affect the severity of vitiligo, but this occurs in other autoimmune diseases as well, and there’s no evidence that this is from nerves, but instead it’s probably related to hormonal changes that occur during emotional stress.

How do you stop vitiligo from spreading naturally?

To use papaya to treat vitiligo, rub pieces of papaya on the patches of skin affected by vitiligo. Wash it when dry. Drink papaya juice regularly to replenish the body of melanin cells lost due to vitiligo.

Does vitiligo get worse over time?

Vitiligo is a lifelong condition. In some patients, the areas of pigmentation are later restored, while others may experiencing sustaining or worsening of their vitiligo with time. It is unknown whether or not it actually gets worse with age, as each case is unique.

Can vitiligo spread overnight?

For some people, the white patches do not spread. But often the white patches will spread to other areas of the body. For some people, vitiligo spreads slowly, over many years. For other people, spreading occurs quickly.

What can be mistaken for vitiligo?

Pityriasis versicolor can sometimes be confused with vitiligo, as they both cause the skin to become discoloured in patches.