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How is vitiligo diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
A skin exam and taking a medical history are usually enough for your doctor to diagnose you with vitiligo, although the doctor will also check to be sure that you don't have a different skin problem like dermatitis. Your doctor will likely ask you, depending on your current age, whether your hair turned gray before you turned 35. Other questions may focus on sun sensitivity. Your doctor may also want to know whether your family history includes any autoimmune disorders or vitiligo.

While this isn't always needed, your doctor may conduct a skin biopsy and take a blood sample to check for signs of autoimmune or thyroid problems

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