Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Basic Facts

Vitiligo is depigmentation of the skin. This leads to white spots or
patches on the skin. The melanocyte pigment cells are destroyed which
means the melanin is no longer produced.

The common areas to lose pigment are:
* hands, feet, chest
* eyes, nose, mouth, belly button & genitalia
* sites of injuries

Early greying of the hair can lead to a person
developing vitiligo.
Vitiligo can be genetic but this is not always the case.
Vitiligo can develop at any age from infant to senior citizen.
It affects all races & ethnicites of people.

Vitiligo cannot be cured. It can be treated but it isn't curable.
It is imporatnt to know that it is not contagious & cannot be
" caught " from someone with it. While Vitilgo does not cause
physical pain; it can cause great emotional & mental stress
and harm to a person with it.

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