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Does Vitiligo Put Us At Risk For Other Diseases, And If So, Which?

Does Vitiligo Put Us At Risk For Other Diseases, And If So, Which?

A MyVitiligoTeam Member said:

It is my understanding that other diseases can cause vitiligo and no the other way around. Vitiligo is not life threatening per my doctors.

posted 5 months ago
A MyVitiligoTeam Member said:

You are at higher risk for skin cancers from exposure to the sun because of not having the protection of pigment in the affected areas.
Vitiligo is caused by an autoimmune disease, and although not caused by the Vitiligo, you are at risk for other events caused by your immune system attacking your body. For instance, my immune system once attacked my right eye. It was very painful and nearly blinded me. I also have Hashimoto's. Doctors have explained to me that it's all related.

posted 3 months ago
A MyVitiligoTeam Member said:

Actually science is showing that Vitiligo is more of a deterrent for skin cancer. Because of the auto immune factor our immune disease fights off melanoma more than other people since it is over active. 30% of people with Vitiligo will have another auto immune disease. Of that 30% 20% of it is thyroid disease.

posted 11 days ago
A MyVitiligoTeam Member said:

Thank you so much for taking time to answer my question' it is very helpful information. I have hypothyroidism too. Do your white blood count numbers run very low, can I ask? Mine do.

posted 3 months ago
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