Vitiligo is a disorder of pigmentation. It appears as well-defined areas of skin or hair that lose their color or turn white, and occurs in approximately one percent of children and adults of all races. Vitiligo is a chronic and relapsing disease with an unpredictable clinical course that varies between relatively stable to rapidly progressing lesions. Some of the possible triggers for the onset of vitiligo are sunburns, illness, trauma, infections, genetic predisposition, pregnancy, stress, or autoimmune diseases, although direct causality has not been established.
World Vitiligo Day, also known as Vitiligo Awareness Day or Vitiligo Purple Fun Day, is observed on June 25 each year since 2011, as an effort to raise awareness of this disorder, in memory of artist Michael Jackson, who suffered from vitiligo and died on June 25, 2009.
At Florida Skin Center our providers can diagnose and treat vitiligo. Diagnosis can be made clinically and confirmed by biopsy as needed. Additional laboratory testing can be performed given the incidence of immune conditions, including thyroid disease, among patients with vitiligo. Some of the treatment options for vitiligo include topical prescriptions, phototherapy, systemic medications, and Excimer laser treatments.
If you would like to be evaluated or receive more information about vitiligo, please contact our offices at 239-561-3379 and our staff will be happy to assist you.