How Do I Know If I Have Vitiligo Or Something Else?

What triggers 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..

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 be mistaken for something else?

Pityriasis versicolor can sometimes be confused with vitiligo, as they both cause the skin to become discoloured in patches. But there are ways to tell the difference: vitiligo often develops on both sides of your body at the same time, whereas pityriasis versicolor may not.

What looks like vitiligo but is not?

Individuals with tuberous sclerosis can have light areas of skin called ash leaf spots, but they usually have other more cleare signs of this condition as well. Occasionally, darker skin from melasma can make it look like the normal skin is lighter, and thus could look a little like 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 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.

How can I reverse vitiligo?

No drug can stop the process of vitiligo — the loss of pigment cells (melanocytes). But some drugs, used alone, in combination or with light therapy, can help restore some skin tone. Drugs that control inflammation. Applying a corticosteroid cream to affected skin might return color.

Does all white spots are vitiligo?

Not All White Spots Are Vitiligo. The diagnosis of vitiligo can usually be made on clinical examination of a patient with progressive, acquired, chalk-white macules in typical sites. Few conditions are as patterned and symmetrical as vitiligo. Sometimes the spots match on both extremities in a mirror-image.

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.

What does vitiligo look like when it first starts?

Vitiligo signs include: Patchy loss of skin color, which usually first appears on the hands, face, and areas around body openings and the genitals. Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.

How quickly does Vitiligo spread?

There is no way to tell if vitiligo will spread. 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.

Does vitiligo start as small dots?

At first, this might cause a small spot, called a macule, that’s lighter in color than the skin around it. In time these white patches may spread and grow to cover a larger portion of the body. Sometimes these white patches spread quickly at first and then remain stable for years.