How Much Do You Know About Vitiligo?

Allison Tsai | Mar 12th 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease.
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Doctors aren’t sure what causes vitiligo, though it is possible that it’s an autoimmune disease. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)

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  1. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease.

    Correct Answer: False

    Doctors aren’t sure what causes vitiligo, though it is possible that it’s an autoimmune disease. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)

  2. In the U.S., 5 million people have vitiligo.

    Correct Answer: False

    Actually, about 1 to 2 million people in the U.S. have the disorder. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)

  3. White patches caused by vitiligo are more likely to appear on skin exposed to the sun.

    Correct Answer: True

    Most often the patches appear on the hands, feet, arms, face and lips. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)

  4. People with darker skin may see a loss of color inside their mouth.

    Correct Answer: True

    This occurs because vitiligo affects the mucous membranes. People with vitiligo also notice their hair turns grey early, as it destroys melanocytes, which make pigment. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)

  5. Most treatments are aimed at restoring color to the white patches.

    Correct Answer: True

    Treatments include, medication, surgical options, such as skin grafts and tattooing, or alternative treatments like sunscreens, cosmetics and counseling. Source: [NIH](http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp)