What is the prognosis of vitiligo?
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder of the skin that occurs when melanin is no longer produced by damaged melanocytes, resulting in patches of depigmented skin. While this is relatively harmless by itself, many people seek treatment to mask its appearance.
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Most people who develop vitiligo will not regain pigmentation in their skin, and it often gets progressively worse with age. The pigment is most likely to return when it develops at a younger age, and when it occurs only around the face. Otherwise, vitiligo is not fatal, contagious, or associated with other conditions.
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fromChapter 4 / Lesson 13
What is vitiligo? It is a condition that causes discoloration of the skin. Read this lesson to learn what causes it, what the other symptoms are, and how it can be treated. Then take the quiz to see how much you learned!