Can Vitiligo Be Passed Down?

I’d like to extend my thanks to the reader who submitted an inquiry for today’s Q&A.

If I have vitiligo, could my children develop it?

Since there’s a substantial number of vitiligo patients that have a relative with the disorder, there appears to be a genetic factor that causes it to be passed down in families. If you have vitiligo, it could either show up in your kids, skip a generation, or never even reoccur in your descendants. There is still no evidence that indicates exactly how vitiligo gets passed down, so I would consult your dermatologist if you are pregnant and have this concern.

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