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How can I know if and how quickly my vitiligo will spread?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin and hair lose color because the pigment cells (melanocytes) die. There is no way to predict how quickly vitiligo will spread or how much pigment loss you will experience. In some people, vitiligo occurs on only one body part, such as a leg, progresses for a year or so, then stops. Other people with vitiligo may lose color on several body parts on and off throughout life. If you think you have vitiligo, see your dermatologist.
Certain things about vitiligo are not well understood, including how it will spread. Although you can't tell how quickly the patches of skin depigmentation will spread, you can protect your skin from the sun and lessen your emotional stress by talking to a professional (doctor, counselor), friends or family members about your feelings.

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