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How do other illnesses affect vitiligo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Having certain autoimmune diseases raises your risk for developing vitiligo. One disease that has been linked to increased risk of vitiligo is Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormone. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, has also been linked to an increased risk of vitiligo. Talk with your dermatologist to see if you are at risk for vitiligo.

Other illnesses may be present before vitiligo appears. But whether these illnesses directly affect how and when vitiligo develops has not been proven. For example, autoimmune and thyroid disorders are common in people with vitiligo. Sunburn may be related to vitiligo, but doctors are not sure. Other illnesses do not affect vertiligo.

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