External treatment of Vitiligo with Corticosteroid or any immunosuppressive medicine is likely to increase it eventually

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Symptoms of Vitiligo

The typical symptom of Vitiligo is a milky white de-pigmented spot or spots. It may vary from a single white spot to multiple spots. The shape too is a variable; round or irregular in shape. In some cases generalized de-pigmentation observed all over the body. It has a tendency to start as a single spot and gradually grow in size and number. It may present with a single or several spots on limbs or abdomen or back and then spread to other parts of the body. In some of the vitiligo patches, the hair may turn grey suggesting of loss of melanin pigment at the roots.

In some cases showing affection of the mucocutaneous junctions such as finger-tips, corners of the mouth, genital, around eyes. The spread of the disorder is usually slow and progressive. Symmetrical appearance on both sides of the body (say, on the legs, hands, etc.) is common. In rare cases one finds vitiligo spreading all over the body. It is a common concern among the patients if the disease would spread to the entire body; which happens very rarely.

Vitiligo on Eyes (Eyelids)

Bilateral symmetricalVitiligo on Eye Lids

Vitiligo on Back SymptomsVitiligo on Fingers

Scattered (solitary)    FingertipsVitiligo on Hands

Vitiligo on Head Vitiligo on Feet

Vitiligo with grey hair     FeetVitiligo on Ankles

How Vitiligo Spreads?

The spread of vitiligo is governed by various factors such as 1. Genetic activity 2. Hormonal factors 3. Continued Stress factors 4. Exposure to chemicals, etc. Many patients may start with just a single spot and may not get more spots for many years or for throughout lifetime. Some patients may show the rapid spread, as fast as from one spot to hundreds, in a few months' time. It is not possible to predict the pace of spread. Also, some patients may show intermittent spread. It may be noted from experience that those who pace certain body areas affected such as the fingertips are at higher risk of having an aggressive spread; it is not a rule though. Some patients may present with grey hair, suggesting a loss of pigment in the hair.

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Associated Systemic Disorders:

There are several systemic disease symptoms (affecting the entire body system), which are at times associated with Vitiligo: 1. Underactive thyroid 2. Diabetes 3. Alopecia Areata (patchy hair loss) 4.SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) 5.  Pernicious Anemia 6. Addison's Disease 7. Collagen Diseases 8. Grave's Disease 

It may be noted that the sufferers of Vitiligo need not be unduly scared of the above disease conditions, as they should not be regarded as the complications of Vitiligo in every case. The most common condition found along with vitiligo includes Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and Alopecia areata (patchy hair loss).

Vitiligo with Eczema, Psoriasis and Lichen Planus

In some cases, Vitiligo may co-exist or follow after one of the conditions such as psoriasis, lichen planus or eczema. Here is a photo of a patient who has a loss of pigment after having eczema on foot.

In this case, you will find Lichen Planus associated with and leading to vitiligo. Such a presentation is not very common.

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A 14-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh, Ms. N.B. (PIN: 36994) started treatment online from Life Force, on 31st May 2018, for her complaint of Vitiligo.

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