How Do You Get Vitiligo

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<ul><li><p>7/31/2019 How Do You Get Vitiligo</p><p> 1/2</p><p>How do you get Vitiligo?</p><p>A persistent question with people diagnosed with this condition is how do you get vitiligo?</p><p>The most sincere answer is no one knows. Doctors know the mechanism involved in losing</p><p>pigment in different parts of your body, but as of now they do not know how the process</p><p>begins. The condition affects one to two percent of the population around the world orclose to 70 million people.</p><p>Who gets vitiligo?</p><p>Just as the previous question the answer is not known. What doctors do know is vitiligo</p><p>affects every race and gender equally and it generally strikes people under the age 20 and</p><p>30. People who have family members with vitiligo have a slightly higher risk as well as</p><p>those with different autoimmune disorder.</p><p>How do dermatologists diagnose vitiligo?</p><p>Your dermatologist is the best source to answer the question of how do you get vitiligo?</p><p>Even though they might not be able to give you the right answer at this time they can be a</p><p>great source of reliable information. A dermatologist will determine if you have vitiligo</p><p>after reviewing your medical and family history as well as performing physical</p><p>examinations including blood tests. Once you have been diagnosed your dermatologist will</p><p>give you a prognosis based on the type of vitiligo you happen to have.</p><p>What causes vitiligo?</p><p>Vitiligo is the result of your melanocytes not being able to produce melanin. Without</p><p>melanin your skin loses pigment, this causes patches of skin that are lighter than your</p><p>normal skin color. It is believed vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder or a malfunction of the</p><p>nervous system. These hypotheses can be true in some instances but it is not always the</p><p>case. Some of the theories are:</p><p>Autoimmunethis is when your immune system starts attacking your melanocytesNeurogenic factorsa toxic substance released by your nervous system candamage the melanocytes</p><p>Geneticsfactors such as heredity or trait can make some people more susceptibleto vitiligo</p><p>Self-destructionin some instances melanocytes destroy themselves</p><p>Other possible factors include traumatic and stressful events.</p></li><li><p>7/31/2019 How Do You Get Vitiligo</p><p> 2/2</p><p>Types of vitiligo</p><p>Although there are different types of vitiligo the most common types are classified as</p><p>segmental or unilateral vitiligo and non-segmental or bilateral and generalized vitiligo.</p><p>Segmentalstarts at an early age and appears on one segment of the body,meaning the symptoms appear on the right or left side of the body. The progression</p><p>generally lasts about a year but this is not always the case.</p><p>Non-segmentalthis type of vitiligo appears on both sides of the body. It can stopand begin at any time throughout a persons life making it hard to accurately</p><p>prognosticate. Pigment loss can expand covering a large portion of the body.</p><p>The progressive nature of vitiligo makes it necessary to revaluate your initial diagnosis.</p><p>Whether the disease is progressing or it is in remission talk to your doctor to find out what</p><p>is happening with your particular case of vitiligo.</p><p>Outlook</p><p>The answer to the question how do you get vitiligo is not easily answered, what you can do</p><p>if you have been diagnosed is stay informed about the latest development about the disease</p><p>from reliable source. The outlook for vitiligo is very hard to predict because there are</p><p>people who have overcome the disease and those who are still living with it. Currently</p><p>there are many forms of therapy which make it possible to pigment areas of your body that</p><p>have lost color. The key is not giving up and always looking for a solution, if that is yourwish.</p></li></ul>