Vitiligo is a certain type of leukoderma and is not as widely known of as many other skin conditions even though it effects one out of every one hundred individuals across the world.  A majority of Americans have not heard about this condition because in America, this condition effects between one and two percent of the population only.  Vitiligo can be described as depigmentation of the epidermis and can effect both women and men equally as well as all races of people.  While this skin condition can effect men and women who are of any race, this condition is more noticeable in those who have dark skin and will be associated with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.  Vitiligo is one of the skin conditions that can arise at any age, however, around half of the people who develop this skin condition will develop it before they reach the age of twenty. The most famous Vitiligo sufferer was Michael Jackson who famously wore a glove on his left hand to cover the depigmentation of skin, the left hand is where the condition commonly begins.

Vitiligo can often be found effecting the scalps of those who are afflicted with this skin condition.  When vitiligo is effecting the scalp of an individual it can often times change the color of their hair, leaving both white patches and streaks, but this is not a rule to this skin condition.  It can also effect the other facial and body hair on an individual in a similar manner.  Vitiligo has been found to be hereditary in some cases and can run in families.  Children who have parents who are effected by this skin condition are, of course, more likely to develop vitiligo than other children.  Studies have shown that thirty percent of those who have vitiligo have a family member who has this disease as well.  Studies have also shown that children who have parents that suffer from this condition will only have a five to seven percent chance of developing the condition in their own lifetimes.  The majority of people who suffer from vitiligo do not have a family member that suffers from the condition.

Symptoms of vitiligo include depigmentation, or white patches, on the skin, loss or change in the color of the retina, graying of hair on scalp and in other places like eyebrows and also the loss of color in the tissues that line the mouth.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of these systems, you will want to seek help from a medical professional so that you can be diagnosed for sure and if you do have this skin condition, your doctor can help you understand your treatment options and what they are.  Usually, PUVA treatment is often the most practical choice for those who suffer from this skin condition.

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