Symptoms that should be evaluated by your Houston vitiligo specialist
Vitiligo is a condition that happens when the melanocytes, the cells in your body that make melanin, are destroyed. The result of this destruction is patches of white skin that appear in various places on the body. Vitiligo tends to occur more frequently on areas of the body that get more sun, like the hands or the face.
In addition to cosmetic effects, people who have this condition are at an increased risk for sunburn, skin cancer, Iritis (inflammation of the iris in your eyes), and even hearing loss.
Symptoms of this condition include white patches, prematurely graying or whitening of hair, loss of pigment of the skin in mouth and nose, and a change in the color of the retina of the eyes. Patches of white discoloration can show up in different places of your body, depending on the type of Vitiligo you have.
- Patches will show up symmetrically on the body and continue to spread in a symmetrical pattern.
- This is the most common type of Vitiligo.
- Patches will show up only on one side or on only part of your body.
- This tends to show up very early in life, progress for a year or two, then stop.
- Patches show up only in one or a few parts of your body.
It is hard to determine how Vitiligo will manifest or spread. Presentation on the skin may stop without professional treatment. In many cases, however, white patches will spread to affect large areas of skin.
While there is no cure for Vitiligo at this time, treatment is available to slow the spread of this condition. If you notice characteristic white patches of skin, call Dr. W Dermatology to consult with an experienced skin specialist in the Houston area. Between now and your appointment, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on the affected areas. Self tanning products or makeup may help create more even pigmentation across affected areas, as well.Back to Medical Dermatology Page