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Vitiligo: It's Symptoms, Treatments and Complications. It may begin with a loss of coloring inside of the mouth or in the genital area; a change of color in the eyeball; or even a whitening of your eyelashes, eyebrows or beard. Then you begin to notice white patches of skin appearing on your arms, legs or other parts of the body. Before you know it your skin begins to take on a splotchy bleached look. You are losing your coloring and you don't know why.
Vitiligo (the loss of skin pigment) is a condition which results when the cells of the skin stop producing pigment, or coloring. This leaves the skin with unsightly white patches that seem to grow bigger by the day. For darker skinned people this loss of coloring can leave them feeling disfigured.
According to the Mayo Clinic, as many as 60 million people worldwide may suffer with the effects of Vitiligo. It may affect one small part of the body, or cover the entire skin. Its symptoms, say doctors, are most visible in the armpits, navel, genitals and rectum during the earliest stages of the disease, eventually spreading to other parts of the body and skin.
Traditionally, people with Vitiligo have experienced white patches on their skin that seem to grow. Others report a whitening of body hair as early as age 20 and a loss of coloring inside of the mouth and eyeball.
While not life threatening, the loss of coloring for many people can be alarming. Unfortunately, many of the traditional treatments used to help 'cure' Vitiligo often cause more severe color stripping and damage to the skin. More information: