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Why are people with vitiligo at increased risk of getting psoriasis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Much is unknown about vitiligo, but there is little scientific evidence to link it with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that results in thickened, inflamed skin. The skin may be red with scales of silver that flake off. Vitiligo may be linked with autoimmune diseases such as Addison's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), and thyroid disease. To learn more about your problem with vitiligo, your doctor will perform a physical examination and order lab tests to make a diagnosis and check for other conditions that are possibly linked to vitiligo.

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