Is Vitiligo an Autoimmune Disease?

Q:
Is vitiligo an autoimmune disease?

A:
It hasn’t been proved for sure.

Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing cells die or stop producing melanin — the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes color. As a result, the involved patches of skin become lighter or white.

However, doctors don’t know why the cells fail or die. But it may be related to:

  • A disorder occurs when your immune system attacks and destroys the melanocytes in the skin
  • Family history. It may run in families.
  • A trigger event, such as sunburn, stress or exposure to industrial chemicals

Besides, in most cases, it develops early in life, between ages 10 and 30.

In a word, whether the condition has something to do with the autoimmune system still needs more evidence.

 

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