What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an idiopathic acquired sudden loss of the normal skin colour. Patients can suffer from severe psychological stress. Consequently other illnesses can occur.

The aetiology of vitiligo is still unclear. The incidence ranges between 0.5 - 1% of the world population affecting all skin colours and gender equally.

Vitiligo can appear at any age but the peak onset is around the age of 20 years. Aproximately 40% of the patients have another affected member in the family. The onset of the disease can be triggered after an injury/trauma and it can worsen an ongoing vitiligo (Koebner phenomenon). This phenomenon is observed in 40-45% of all patients. Acute vitiligo can itch!

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