Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by loss of skin colour, leading to spots or patches of “depigmented” or lighter coloured skin. Anyone can develop vitiligo, but it’s more common in those with a family history of the condition.
Vitiligo is not contagious or life-threatening, but it can potentially affect one’s mood and/or quality of life, especially when cosmetically bothersome or extensive.
The main goals of treatment are to improve the appearance of affected areas, restore skin colour and to prevent progression or development of new areas. Depending on the severity, extent and activity of vitiligo, treatment options in Singapore include:
The most common form, characterised by symmetrical, widespread white patches that can affect any part of the body.
Affects only one side or part of the body, usually appearing in a specific segment or area, and often begins at a younger age.
Characterised by a few scattered white patches in one area and generally less widespread than other types.
Affecting mucous membranes like the inside of the mouth or nose and is often associated with generalised vitiligo.
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While anyone can develop vitiligo, certain factors increase the likelihood of developing the condition, such as:
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Vitiligo is caused by the destruction or malfunction of melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing melanin, resulting in the formation of white patches on the skin.
There is currently no cure for vitiligo, but various treatments can help manage the symptoms, restore skin colour, and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Vitiligo is not a contagious condition and cannot be transmitted from one person to another through touch, saliva, or any other means.
Sometimes when vitiligo is actively spreading, the affected areas may feel itchy. Otherwise, vitiligo generally does not cause significant symptoms.