Is Vitiligo Contagious?…and other questions

Is vitiligo contagious? Is it safe to come into contact with someone who has vitiligo?

Vitiligo is not contagious at all. The only way it could possibly be passed to another person is through genetics.

The skin on both my armpits is losing color. Is this vitiligo?

I suggest immediately setting up an appointment with a dermatologist. The dermatologist will take a blood test to check for hyperthyroidism and observe you under a UV lamp called Wood’s Lamp. The reason for the blood test is that vitiligo patients often have thyroid issues. If your skin appears green or blue under the Wood’s Lamp, your dermatologist might diagnose you with vitiligo.

Can white spots be caused by anything other than vitiligo?

White spots can be caused by lichen sclerosus, pityriasis alba, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, etc. Please look forward to a future blog on each of these skin conditions.

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