Vitiligo : Overview

vitiligo1.jpgVitiligo is more commonly known as leucoderma, which simply means white (leuco) skin (derma), i.e. a disorder where the skin loses its normal coloration. It is also medically known as achromia, which means loss of color.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder stemming from a lack of normal melanin pigment. Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing melanocyte cells are destroyed or fail to function properly resulting in irregular white spots or patches.  The skin has normal texture. Vitiligo may appear at any age. Although it is a progressive condition, many people experience years or decades without developing new spots. Vitiligo is not contagious in any way.

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