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What is vitiligo?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Vitiligo is a skin pigmentation-destroying autoimmune condition affecting more than 2 million Americans. As the immune system mistakenly attacks and kills off melanocytes (the cells where skin color is produced), it leaves white spots on skin that can be quite disfiguring. Sometimes white patches even appear inside the mouth or nose, around the genitals and rectum, in the eyes or on hair. If you meet someone with vitiligo, remember, it's not contagious.

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