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How to Treat and Prevent White Patches And Spots on Face, Neck, Arms, Back and Other Skin Areas

Updated on February 20, 2014

The medical term for white patches on skin is Vitiligo. Between 1 to 2% of the world's population suffers from this disorder, which is approximately 65 million people. In the United States alone several million people have the disease. It affects people from all races and over 93% of people who have vitiligo are under the age of forty. These white patches may shrink, grow or remain the same size and often they develop symmetrically on both sides of the body. They can appear anywhere on the body and in many cases they have a negative psychological effect on the victim because of the patches unattractive appearance. This is especially true in people with darker skin where the white skin patches are even more prominent.

What are the Symptoms of White Patches on the Skin?

When the cells that make pigment cease to function white patches begin to appear at different places on the body. These patches also appear inside the mouth and nose and on the scalp. The hair that grows on the infected area of the scalp turns white. Usually these white patches are first noticed in the summer and are more susceptible to sunburn because the protective pigment melanin isn't present.

What are the Causes of White Patches on the Skin?

There is some controversy as to the actual cause of Vitiligo, but it is believed by many experts that it is an auto-immune disorder which means the body attacks itself, destroying pigment producing cells. Other causes are anemia due to Vitamin B12 deficiency, an overactive thryroid, diabetes, illness caused by lack of cortosone in the body and low stomach acid resulting in poor absorption of nutrients. Stomach acid is depleted by ulcer medications, antacids and food allergies. Other possible triggers for Vitiligo may be a single event such as sunburn or stress. Watch out for many popular brand sunscreen lotions which are unhealthy for the skin.

Vitiligo treatment

The B vitamins are an excellent way to reduce the stress that may cause white patches on the skin because they maintain proper skin tone, healthy nerves and promote good digestion. Eat Vitamin B rich foods such as whole grains, brown rice, wheat germ and nutritional yeast. To improve hormone function and reduce blood pressure consume plenty of omega-3 found in abundance in flax seed oil. Eliminate any foods suspect of causing allergies even though they may be minor.

Many people with white patches on the skin have been found to be deficient in stomach acid, preventing them from proper absorption of nutrients. When supplements were taken to restore stomach acid, many times the condition would improve. Hydrochloric acid will improve digestion. However, it should only be taken for a brief period of time to avoid dependency and reduction of naturally occurring stomach acids. If you find that you are experiencing stomach burn or warm feelings reduce the dosage of HCL. Vitamin B deficiency is often are one of the reasons for low stomach acid and taking them over a number of months will help restore normal levels of stomach acid. If low stomach acid is a hereditary problem this can be remedied by taking stomach bitters, apple cider vinegar, pepsin, PABA, vitamin C, B5, B6 or glutamine. The best time to take these supplements is right before each meal.

Daily Dosages:

Vitamin C with bioflavanoids, 1000mg per day

Vitamin B Complex, 50mg three times per day

Hydrochloric Acid, 1 capsule 3 times per day

PABA, 50mg per day

Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp in water daily

Swedish Bitters, 1tsp before each meal with water


White patches on the skin is a sign of health problems in the body. Making changes in diet and adding the appropriate supplements will not be an effective vitiligo treatmentbut will help to eliminate any health disorders in the body.


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      jiji 13 months ago

      i hv a white patch on right leg for past 12yrs but now it is spreading so i consulted a doc he gave me melbild solution and i hv a small very small patch on my lip also for 2yrs it is not spreading.when acut or wound is take in patch then the developing skin is black in colour

      sir pls tell me is this condition of vitiligo because im too scared and im 5 months pregnant now i having becadexime tablet and folic acid tablet

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      Melissa 3 years ago from Mississippi

      My mother has this disease. She has leaned to live with it for many years. I will recommend your blog to her. Thanks

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      sunitha 3 years ago

      I have white patches on my chin.. It's realy not looking tell me how to cure vth Diz

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      saima 4 years ago

      hi can i know which are those injections. its extremely urgent

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      Nick 4 years ago

      I have noticed that my white patches of hair on my beard grow overnight when I drink. As a social drinker I like a good beer to unwind. I suspect food allergy and / or auto immune disease. Just started 5 months ago. I am 34. Half of my beard is now bright white. It looks cool when i shave everything hut my goatee because it has white streaks. However it looks bad when it starts to grow out. Going to try B vitamins and omega 3.

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      Harkeet Singh 5 years ago

      I started having white spots 3 weeks back and now its increasing on my half face. My face hairs are turning wight. i have checked with doctor, but i don't find any improvement, its still increasing.

      Please find me solution. My E-mail

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      Czed 5 years ago

      I started having white spots on my forehead almost a year ago. It grew and stopped. It's not itchy and doesn't have a bump. It's just a white spot. What should I do?

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      I have been rubing my face too much does that cause it because i can see finger print marks

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      pg 6 years ago

      I am white patch of the past five to seven years last 2year it was stooped but now it start again. My hands and legs are the lite l affected parts. was of no use started spreading.Please help me with a genuine medicine to cure this patches. Thanks

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      R.Narsing Rao 6 years ago

      My son by name is Sylender age 27 was suffreng small white patches at hands and legs, kindly inform better treatment recovery through you. my email

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      nail 6 years ago

      hello sir

      i think i have vitiligo 1year they start from my leg now i notice in few days my around my noise and eyes areas lossing its colour please help thanks

      kindly regards

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      Jessica Holand 6 years ago

      I have starting growing white patches on my eyes what should i do to stop it

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      D.Soundararajan 6 years ago

      Dear Doc,

      I am vitiligo fo the past six toseven years now. My hands and legs are the most affected parts. I have taken allopathy which only stops the spreading. Homeo was of no use started spreading.Please help me with a genuine madicine to cure this patches. Thanks

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      niwrehs 6 years ago

      Need a long time to cure vitiligo but strong immune system helps your body to slower the whiten to spread wider, that's why you need to take vitamin c for stronger immune system.

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      Hayley 6 years ago

      Hi this this great help I haven't ied this before and am now going to try it. I am 16 years old and have lots of white patches the places I am effective are under my armpits, imbetween my legs, my face, near my breast area, and a little bit on my shoulder, I have tried loads of different treatments that my docter had given me and one treatment is called ketoconazole and I have tried 3 more but none of them have worked and the doc said that I have this vilitigo desise that you mentioned and he said that it is untreatable, the splodges spread when I go in the sun it dosent itch or burn or cause any problems it is just realy annoying and it has spread to most of my body now and it is ruiening my life could you give me some advice on how to help my stop it from spreding contact me on my email which is please get in touch plseas. Thanks

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      Noorbano 6 years ago

      Hi doctor basically im from pakistan but now i live in usa . I live in use since 7 or 8 months ago and from last 1 month i have a white spot first i see near my urine area but it gone and then my under arm and the my neck plz give me some advice is this white dots gone to take vitime b plz give me my answer im so worried and im only 22 years old kindly plz help im so worried about this and crying all the time when i see these spots;(

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      beena 6 years ago

      using soap no medication helps

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      sara khan 6 years ago

      i am 39 years old married women seperated from my husband since 6 years don't have any child ,working as an accountant in gulf, very careless about mornig during shower i noticed vitiligo under both the arms.the patch on the right side is a little big and left is small.i have a history of chemical allergy like hair remover and bleach cream.i am not using any cosmetic due to least before one month i cant move from this place.will any one advice me the cure and precoutions during this period.please help my email is

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      Soundar 6 years ago

      useful info!

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      teresa 6 years ago

      hi my daughter is 15 years old and she has it too, she has had it since she was 10 years old and it has not changed since. it is the same size, she has it under her lips. she has had so many treatment for it and it has not done no differentness. it is still the same, she has had so may different creams and pills and its still the same, i am worried about it because since she has had this, her conferdents has gone down, she has been bulled because of this. her hole life has changed because of this and i cant beer to see this carry on. i don't want her to grow up like this, felling like she has to hide and now she calls her self ugly when she ant. she is pretty, its just the white patch just changed her.. i really need help. :(

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      krishna 6 years ago

      heylo steve

      i have white patches on my both legs and if get any wound in that place their no replacement of skin it remains white am feeling a lot because of this all are blaming me seeing me like a untochable even my family members too so please help me out in how to control and get prevented from this disease

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      Chico 6 years ago

      I have spot on my chest and bck but they aren't the color white btw I'm black... Is this the same thing?

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      najam 6 years ago

      ear sir

      good morning sir i have skin whit patches stomch so pleas sir how to sol this problam

      my e-mail-( send me sir

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      najam 6 years ago

      dear sir

      hi iam najam residence in hyderabad A.P india

      my problem white dot in my stomach please some medicne suggest mwe

      thanking u

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      dharm 6 years ago

      i also suffer this diseases on legs when 2hour in sun it get some redness in colour..

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      Amaan 6 years ago

      Hello Steve,

      My 13 months old kid has a very faint white patch on his face and one at the back of his ear and i was advised to take Aloederm by the local physician is there something i should do any thing extra to avoid this ?? i am scared that this will grew bigger..

      (ohhh by the way i am from India)



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      UUB 6 years ago

      I have 95% of white skin and I want to my hole body will white so there is any injection or any other medicine?

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      Jasara8887 6 years ago

      That was very interesting info i have white patches on my shoulders and lower back but i am not sure it is 'Vitiligo

      this patches on my skin are more spread out and spotty

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      Sonali 6 years ago

      Hi Steve,

      Can you pls advice me. My 1 month baby started developing white patchs on chin, stomach, chest. Doc said it would go but he is now 2 months and the patches r increasing with new patches at new locations. He said its not lukerderma and to just wait and watch. Do u have any idea on it. Pls don't ignore this post.

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      HELP 6 years ago

      I have got a white patch on my knee and on each foot. I have tried everything to get rid but nothing seems to work! Last year i was sun bathing when the next morning some of the white on my knee had gone? :S is this the same condition as Vitiligo ??

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      Nina 6 years ago

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      Catalina iHIallowell 6 years ago

      Is there any kind of make-up or even better, a dye, that you could use on face and hands?

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      Sabrina 6 years ago

      My doctor told me to use selsun blue to clear it up. I'm not sure that it is working. My patches are only located on the right side of my neck and collar bone. But seems to be moving across to the left side. Is it supposed to be itchy? Cause I seem to be quite itchy in that area. Does it ever go away?? or will I have this forever?

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      vadivelan.n 6 years ago

      i am from india, i have white patch in my body. past 9 years have had lot of treatment but still i am not get clear. please advice any possiblity for my life.which is creating inferiority complex to me.


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      shweta 6 years ago

      i have white spots in my hands legs neck in small on face under the lips it is from 7 years i take so many treatment but not effect it held in my second pragenacy so kindly suggest me what i do

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      tandel upendra 6 years ago

      dear sir

      good morning sir i have skin whit patches arm/leg so pleas sir how to sol this problam send me sir

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      ali 6 years ago

      please treatment me

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      labdhi.s. mehta 6 years ago

      white spot are on my face and my birthday is there how to cure it within two days

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      paaru 6 years ago

      My 8 years old son has two white patches on bottom of both eyes.Spots r spreading slowly.Doctor told that Deficiency of A vitamin cause both paches.But I did not get any information about deficiency of vitamin cause paches. I'm worried about that. pls suggest me.

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      Eric the Earwig 6 years ago

      Have tried to eliminate causes noted in various online articles, I noticed these patches develop after the stress of losing my full time employment. Could HYPO thyroidism be a cause? I have white patches on my throat and finger ends, throat is not overly exposed to the sun. Eat vegetarian but do enjoy fish and prawns, have read that these should be cut from diet. Do you have an opinion on the recently developed tanning implant that stimulates melanin? I think it would only affect 'healthy' skin, leaving the white patches worse off. Have not read the many comments so apologies for repeating items, thanks for your care and help.

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      Prakash 6 years ago

      Hi Steve,

      Need your advise here very badly, my fiancé is also experienceing this problem, she has this since the age of 5, she has these white patches on her toes (both) which is a lil big and a mole size on her hand and ears, she is saying that, the once that is on her hip is started goin. can you please help to advise the exact treatment that can get this cured ASAP, iam awaiting your valueble feed back sir. you can also write me directly on

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      Bre 6 years ago

      I just notices my 13 year old son has small white patches clustering in the center of his back area. Interestingly, I brought him to the dermatologist a few months ago to address the issue of flat wart cluster he is gettiing on his hand, knees, and below his nose. The dermatologist would rather not treat the warts at his age saying often they will cure themselves as the child grows. Knowing the white patches are possibly an immune issue causes me concern and may explain why he is not getting rid of the warts on his own and has actually gotten more since we were at the dermatologist. Any thoughts on this? I will be looking into the vits for supplementation.

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      fashion 6 years ago

      great hub

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      Shona 6 years ago

      Hello,mam/sir i have a white patch on my neck.,it is same in size and not incrsing..plz tel me the treatment of this.,the above u said is cure or working medicin. . Plz help me!

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      Jojogirl 6 years ago

      thank you all so much for this post ! I'm really sensitive about this part of my face. I feel like crying every time I look in the mirror.

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      Chavez 6 years ago

      I don't know if i have vitiligo but ever since i was bout 5 i started off with a lil patch of white hair on the back of my head and then my dr gabe us medicine tht made tht go away then i started growin a white spot on my right eye lid wich im 18 now and it has been controlled frm growing by a cream my dr has prescribed since i was 7 it hasn't grown unless i stop usin it and if im in the sun a lot...i hate having this skin problem bt i don't let it get the best of me plus ive learned to deal with the "what is that on your eye" and "that's weird" while growing up and now tht im older and i can cover it up with makeup its not so bad:)

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      Mel 6 years ago

      Hi..I've had vitiligo for almost 6 years now. I have it mainly on my neck and a little bit on my shoulders which is very embarassing coz I have to wear halter necklines all the time. I also have a thyroid problem, which is probably the reason why I have the disease coz Vitiligo is associated with any autoimmune disease. I've tried so many things from creams, UVB light, rolling needle (which I bought in Australia), steroid creams, pills which I bought online (didn't do anything), and now I'm on LASER treatment.. it's called the Xtrac laser.. My skin's starting to respond but it's a slow process. I never thought of the Vitamins..

      Now I'm really gonna go and get the essential vitamins that's mentioned here.. Thanks guys.. I hope it works for me too..

      My only fear right now is that I don't want my son to have it. I heard and read that it can be genetic, but no one in my family has it..

      I tried make ups too.. like concealer and covermark cream. its just too much for me and it stains my clothes.

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      Johnny43 6 years ago

      I have white spots all over my hands, feet, and some on my neck too. What can I do to get rid of it and treat it? I went to the dermatologist and they said they can't find any treatment for it. What do I do? I'm worried and confused. Please help!

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      Ann 6 years ago

      I have a 11year old who is black, and it cover the right side of her face, what's the best cover up,she will not put on makeup

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      Caroline 7 years ago

      Hi Tilok,

      You are welcome to read about the treatments I have been using to re-pigment my white patches. I have put the whole story onto the site in the hope that it might help others looking for a solution to their vitiligo. I can't promise that what has worked for me will work for you but at least my story should give you some hope. Good luck!


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      Tilok Dahal 7 years ago

      I have white on my skein since last 1year. NOw It is growing and spreading towards my face also. Kindly let me know about this treatment.

      Thanks Regards

      Tilok Dahal

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      sikky  7 years ago

      Hi i want to know if this has worked for anyone and someone told me Aloe Vera with white spots plants jelly has cured their vitligo any thoughts on this and please give me more details about your treatment.

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      ghulam saddiq  7 years ago

      dear all

      can any advice me what to do provent and how to cure the white spot which is apear six months ago under lib but its not visiable too much i would remove prement it if some one know to how cure that kindly send me there comment the below adress

      thanks from all of your cooperation

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      VitiligoProtocol 7 years ago from Manchester, England

      I don't know which particular cream you have in mind, Jonielle. I'm not aware of anything that will give you a great cosmetic result apart from specialist camouflage products like Covermark, Dermcolor, Veil and Keromask, which are all very good but you would probably need some instruction in how to use them because it's quite an art. You can achieve remarkable results with them though. (Take a look at for some examples.)

      Assuming - like the rest of us who have vitiligo - you also want to treat the condition itself, I can only personally recommend a nutritional approach as it's the only one that has worked for me. (Details of the products I use can be found on the website where I tell my personal story of a lifetime with vitiligo - )

      In light of my own experiences, Stevemark's hub on the subject makes perfect sense. The only thing I would add is that, in order to speed up any re-pigmentation process achieved through nutritional means, some sun or UVB exposure seems to be beneficial. (Just be careful not to overdo it and burn your white patches.)

      Hope that helps :)

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      Jonielle  7 years ago

      Well I'm half black half white and i have these White patches all over my body. I also have dark spots on my face and back. I know there is cream that is supposed to help even my complexion but i don't want to spend all this money on it if it wont work. Do you think it will???

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      VitiligoProtocol 7 years ago from Manchester, England

      I haven't been on this forum for a while, but I just wanted to let Tracey know that the development of my vitiligo patches over the years was often heralded by intense itching. In particular the backs of my hands, my shins and fronts of my thighs. I often wondered if this was typical or not. The only couple of times I mentioned it to doctors they didn't seem to think it was. But I have since spoken to other vitiligo sufferers who share this experience.

      Interestingly, ever since I started to re-pigment, the itching has practically stopped. Feel free to look at my story on this link

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      Avinash 7 years ago

      Sir i have white patches on my skin(one near little finger and other below right knee). One is growing on chin. Its colour is light. What should I do?

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      Tracey 7 years ago

      Hi, I notice I have small paches of white on my legs when i scratch them. Is this the same thing? I have noticed my legs going white in places when i scratch for a few months now.My legs get really itchy at times. it's so unbearable that I have to scratch.

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      Himanshu 7 years ago

      Very good information Steve...

      I am also a patient of Vitiligo and having its ayurvedic (herbal) treatment. I am confused today by watching your suggested medicine because my doctor has totally refused me to stop Vitamin C and you have written here to take daily 1000mg.

      please guide me.

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      Caroline 7 years ago

      I have had extensive vitiligo for nearly all my life but have been steadily re-pigmenting for the last 18 months. My own experience leads me to believe that vitiligo is actually not a disease as such but that it is the symptom of certain nutritional deficiencies in the body. I hope my story at will offer some hope to others and shed some light on possible treatments.

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      M GHOUSE KHAN 7 years ago

      9573158294 m also suffering from this Vitiligo kindly help on this

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      Ritu (India) 7 years ago

      Hello steve

      Really nice article!! i want to ask u one more thing that it is just started (on thumb),it looks like white patch, but Doctor is saying it is a fungal infection...can u tell me the difference?

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      Joe Horton 7 years ago

      i have them all over my hands, and my elbows and they seem to be getting worse. what am i best of doing they've been there two years. and i haven't seen my doctor about them.

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      concernedmom 7 years ago

      I noticed some white patched on my baby when she was about 3 mths and I took her to the dermatologist who said she may have vitiligo. I am really concerned.

      She is now 6 mths and I just notice a small round patch of hair missing from her head (which looks white)... I read up and found out that some people may have white hair that grows from the "vitiligo spots" on the the scalp. I am wondering if infact she does have vitiligo... and if so what should I do to treat her?

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      veena kunder 7 years ago

      I too have white patches on my body especially on legs and some on my elbows and on body also. It is really very embarassing when people ask you about it again and again. I had undergone many type of treatments but none were so useful.Now i will try vitamin supplements suggested by you. Is there any permanent cure for this? please suggest.

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      jake 7 years ago

      hi i am 19 and i have small white patches all over my lower arms legs and fingers they look horrible. I have been trying to find out what has done this and what this excaly is i am very concerned about these as i have seen age spots and i am only 19 ! please help

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      Caroline 7 years ago

      I have had vitiligo practically all my life, during which it spread - sometimes slowly - sometimes rapidly - until it covered around 80% of my body. After years of depression I had finally made my peace with this condition and resigned myself to the fact that no cure would ever be found in my lifetime and no existing treatment would ever work for me (because none of them ever had).

      However, I decided to try out some nutritional supplements I stumbled across about a year ago and - with the aid of moderate sun exposure - started to re-pigment! For the past 9 months I have had UVB treatment to boost the effects of these nutritional capsules and am thrilled at the results. There is now not a single area of vitiligo on my body that is not smothered in golden freckles and many of them have started to join up to restore my natural skin colour. I never expected this to happen after half a century and I'm delighted, although of course there can be no guarantees that it will be permanent or that the same treatment would necessarily work for others.

      It just goes to show that there is always hope :D

      If you would like to know my whole story you are welcome to read it or contact me at my website, which I have set up to share my experience with other vitiligo sufferers.

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      priya 7 years ago

      even am suffering from patchy skin. but this hub is very useful to my positive signs...

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      Maria900 8 years ago

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      Sam 8 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Since I was a kid we were always told not to eat Fish and Yougart in short periods between each other as a rule, but recently I was on a diet and was eating Fish and yougart everyday aprox. and I got it on my hand. No confirmation about what I am saying but I was always told if I eat Yougart and Fish and then get emotional or angry I will get it and apparently its right for me.

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      Maria 8 years ago

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      thebestnewsonthe 8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your hub good info on Vitiligo i can relate with skin disorders luckily mine only lasted a few months and turned out not to be this!

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      Vizey 8 years ago

      White patches is a common problems. I think allergies and deficiency of calcium can also cause white patches on face.

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      Mia  8 years ago

      I went to the dc yesterday and he told me that my baby has vitiligo, I'm so sad and angry because he is only two years old and he is beautiful, I really need help I don't know what to do

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      Mzoghori 8 years ago

      Such skin disorders can be very frustrating if experienced: one can prevent such in instances by exercising regulaly. Exercise does not only yeild to good skin care but also reduces stress levels (prevention is always better than cure) Another method is by using products containing aloe vera, studies have shown that it holds anti-inflammatory properties and has been used by ancient people to protect skin from environmental factors and to promote skin regeneration.

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      paula'sblog 8 years ago

      In my 20s I had tiny white patches on my legs. I had researched what to do about it, and found that taking

      B vitamins was one of the ways. When I went to my doctor and told him about it, he said that B vitamins are the way to go. All the white patches disappeared by the time I was 30 years old.

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      sam 8 years ago

      interesting. my daughter who is mixed race has recenetly came back from her holiday in spain and over the last coulpe of weeks has developed these white spots across her face. looking at this information i think i need to see the doc and get her to see some specialist to help her whilst she so young. thanks

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      patricia 8 years ago

      i have many white small patches all over my chest..which look unsightly....i have never had them before and i go to many hot countries...but this year here in england i sat in the sun and they apeared more or less overnight....i hate them ..they are also on my legs.....a few on back..and around my finger near to the can i get rid of these.....???

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      Anthony kale 8 years ago

      thanks for giving an idea & precousion from this patches, & i hope it really going to work. by taking this all vitimin every day thanks a lot

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      Sailaway 8 years ago from Australia

      My doc rabbitted on for 10 mins and didn't make nearly that much sense!! well done.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice HUB. I find great information here. very detail about this disease. thanks for share your idea.

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      Camille 8 years ago

      I recently had injections twice (within a few days of each other) in my lateral ligaments in both knees. It wasn't a cortisone shot, but rather an anti-inflammatory & painkiller from spraining the ligaments in both knees whilst running as part of a team in a 242km race. However, I had the injections about a month and a half ago, and just within the past 2 weeks or so, I've noticed quite a significant patch of 'white' aka a decrease in my pigment, in both knees and exactly the spot where I had the injections. I have no idea what this is and it's actually getting quite large on one of my knees. Do you have any idea what this is? Could it be that the injection somehow killed the cells that create the pigment in skin? Any advice would be extremely appreciated! Cheers!

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      Nicel 8 years ago

      Do you have any idea steve, the best treatment to get rid on that skin disorder?

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      Nicel 8 years ago

      Hello Steve,

      Recently, just diagnosed that i have vitiligo its been one year now that i have this white patches in my left shoulder small white spots, my dermatologist gave me a beta cream , AV lotion and i need to be injected every once a month. im afraid of these sometimes..I hate this with passion. Hope that i can get rid of it.. thanks for your information its very helpful

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment ngureco!

      Vitiligo isn't contagious but you might want consider whether you are with the right girl in the first place if you would drop her if it was contagious.

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      ngureco 8 years ago

      Can this disease be passed from one person to another? Should I drop my girlfriend if she's suffering from this disease?

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      sonam 8 years ago

      thank you all for the information. i have white patches on my skin and i thought of some signs and the symtoms of hiv aids. so i was always worried about that. so after going through all the stuff, i am convinced that i was wrong and it is Vitiligo which i will now take care of it....

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      My wife is having this problem. Luckily its not so big of a problem. But if she is exposed to too much heat, it becomes worse and usually brings some itchiness. This is the reason why she does not exposed herself to much in the sun. Great hub.

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      arrhh!! 8 years ago

      i just noticed small white spots on my shoulder and 2 on my face..could the remedy help? im really scared

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      AndyBaker 8 years ago from UK

      Great info - when I read your title I didn't think that the patch's were going to be that white.

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      astrida 9 years ago

      i have been really stressed and worried for my mum.this article has made things easier for me.been very helpful.


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      BASAVARAJA M 9 years ago

      My friend's daughter aged about 9 years caught found of whit patches on her legs. Please, give preventive steps

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      sandeepg anand 9 years ago

      it was really valuble information.thank you.

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      James 9 years ago

      Very Informative

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      sime 9 years ago from pakistan

      skin care is mostly problem in our life we need to care it for more info visit it.

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      aruna 9 years ago

      this article is really helpful,thanks

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      chillingbreeze 9 years ago from India

      A very well written hub, Steve. great job! You could write more on treatments I feel or there can be another new hub targeted to treatments and recent research. Hope to hear from from you soon :)



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      topstuff 9 years ago

      Thanks for the nice explanation.

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      Libby 9 years ago

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks so much for the information.I will try the diet .

      In my case, I have this skin pachiness since I have come to dubai, could it be due to the water here?As for the sun exposure, I use a good sun screen, 40 spf.

      My doc has prescribed antioxidant-HC and said it isn't Vitiligo, but the fear remains. Hope it improves.

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      charles siccuan 9 years ago

      thank you for this advice,if how to prevent vitiligo,,,,,cause my girlfriend have is have this so ill send this copy for her tnx