Part .1 Identifying Vitiligo Symptoms
1 . Watch for a loss of pigmentation in your eyes or hair.
Vitiligo typically affects your skin, but it can also drain the pigment away from other parts of your body, especially your hair or eyes. If your hair starts to go grey prematurely or turns grey within months, then make an appointment with your doctor.
- Generally, doctors say that hair going grey prior to the age of 35 qualifies as “premature.”
- It’s even more uncommon for your eyes to change color past maturity. With vitiligo, your eyes may fade from brighter colors to more muted ones.
- Vitiligo can also change the color of your eyelashes, eyebrows, and facial hair.
2 . Check for parallel or clustered spots of depigmentation.
With generalized vitiligo, you’ll get depigmented areas on parallel sides or spots of your body. These may grow larger as time passes. With segmental vitiligo, you’ll have a single patch of depigmentation or a collection of spots in one area of your body.
- Generalized vitiligo is more common than segmental. Most people develop vitiligo prior to the age of 20.
- Some people also develop occupational vitiligo from being exposed to certain chemicals or production processes. In these cases, the loss of pigmentation is often concentrated in those areas that were in contact with chemicals.
- Vitiligo spots are most commonly found on your neck, armpits, hands, knees, elbows, or face. Loss of color inside of your mouth or nose can also be a symptom.
3 . Monitor and disclose any personal or family history with skin disorders.
If you visit the doctor and they suspect vitiligo, then they will likely ask you a number of questions about your family’s medical history. Try to answer all questions as truthfully as you can. In particular, some evidence shows that having other family members with skin disorders increases your odds of getting vitiligo.
- For example, if your father or mother suffer from eczema, go ahead and mention this to your doctor.
- Your odds of developing vitiligo also increases if you’ve suffered from disorders, such as eczema.
4 . Trace the start of vitiligo back to a recent skin trauma.
If you’ve suffered from a sunburn in the previous 2-3 months, it is possible that this might have helped to trigger an episode of vitiligo. Similarly, if you’ve had an unexplained rash, then tell your doctor about it. This could indicate vitiligo or another illness.
- There is no exact medical cause for why some skin cells begin to lose their pigmentation resulting in vitiligo. However, other skin issues do provide warning signs in some cases.