Others develop what is known as segmental vitiligo, where the patches develop in only one area or on only one side of the body.
In addition to white patches on the skin, some people with vitiligo may experience white hair growing in on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard. Many people with vitiligo do notice this happening at some point in their lives. Occasionally, vitiligo patches will repigment spontaneously, all by themselves, with no treatment whatsoever.This topical summary represents one of the most comprehensive vitiligo FAQ's available anywhere in the world. The first part of the word, "viti" is from the Latin word "vitium" meaning a mark or blemish.It is our goal to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information here. The suffix, "ligo" is a common Latin ending meaning to bind or cause. (VSI) is a patient driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering a comprehensive resource of vitiligo education, research and awareness for those whose lives have been affected by vitiligo. Some people even report spots that spontaneously repigment, with no treatment at all.
We are here to address your questions and concerns and help you connect with our community. Use of new technologies however, may be able to arrest new spots in their development. Other common areas for white patches to appear are the armpits and groin and around the mouth, eyes, nostrils, navel, and genitals. The white patches are more obvious in sun-exposed areas, including the hands, feet, arms, legs face, and lips. It is synthesized by special cells called Melanocytes, which also store the melanin. Melanin is a dark brown pigment of skin and hair in animals, particularly vertebrates, derived from the amino acid tyrosine. In one pattern (focal pattern), the depigmentation is limited to one or only a few areas.