Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. This happens because the cells that make pigment (color) in the skin are destroyed. These cells are called melanocytes. Vitiligo can also affect the mucous membranes (such as the tissue inside the mouth and nose) and the eye.
HOW IS VITILIGO DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will use a family and medical history, physical exam, and tests to diagnose vitiligo. The doctor will do a physical exam to rule out other medical problems. Tests might include:
• Taking a small sample (biopsy) of the affected skin to be examined
• Blood tests
• An eye exam.
HOW IS VITILIGO TREATED?
There are many ways to treat Vitiligo, each of them with varying success. Creams to control inflammation, vitamin D supplements combination of medication and light therapy are followed for treating Vitiligo
DID YOU KNOW?
Vitiligo affects people of all skin colors, but more common in dark skinned people.