What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a chronic skin disorder in which white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. This happens due to lack of production of pigment by colour producing cells of skin.

Who is affected by Vitiligo?

The disorder affects both sexes and all races. However, it is more noticeable in people with dark skin. Many people develop it in their twenties, but it can occur at any age. People with certain autoimmune diseases (such as hypothyroidism) are most likely to get vitiligo than who don’t have any autoimmune diseases. Vitiligo may also run in families.

Is it a hereditary disease?

Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. There is definitely a genetic predisposition though no proven.

How can people cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of Vitiligo?

The change in appearance caused by vitiligo can impact the individual’s emotional and psychological well-being. They may experience stress, particularly if the depigmentation develops in visible areas of the body such as face, hands, arms or feet.