An autoimmune disorder is NOT an "immune deficiency".
An autoimmune disorder is any of a number of conditions in which a person's immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues, and the person's immune system produces antibodies to them.
It is a slow progressing condition however, and many patients report that they may go many years without new patches developing, and then may discover new patches appearing years later.
In many, but certainly not all cases, vitiligo does progress slowly over time, but there is really no way to tell whether your vitiligo will progress or not.
It is our goal to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information here. The suffix, "ligo" is a common Latin ending meaning to bind or cause.
Are there things that a person with vitiligo should avoid? Will Vitiligo lead to other conditions or diseases? Am I at greater risk for skin cancer because of my vitiligo? There are many theories about why such sensitive areas of the body seem to be commonly affected - the presence of many nerve endings, the bony nature, sweat glands, etc.
Is it true that genetics may play a part in vitiligo? Is it true that exposure to certain chemicals can cause vitiligo? If I am pregnant and have vitiligo, will my child develop vitiligo? The face, underarms, hands, wrists, fingers, feet, elbows, knees and genitals are among these areas.
Other examples of autoimmune disorders include thyroid disorders, alopecia areata, lupus, and pernicious anemia.
In the case of vitiligo, we believe that the immune system probably sees the person's own pigment cells as foreign bodies, and attacks them, destroying them or weakening them.