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I have this and really hate it.ask for a referral from your GP. Sadly it can't be stopped or slowed really (there are some powerful drugs and skin creams but can be quite uneffective). I do have some camoflauge make up - get it on prescription and a cosmetic nurse at the hospital shows me how to use it, different colours for summer/winter - looks natural not like make-up. also men use it.
not yet.doesn't have to be hereditary though. DS has allergies though. Vitiligo is an
auto-immune condition - sadly complications for me mean why we cant have another child. It does seem to appear overnight I agree. When your skin gets a bit of colour it makes the patches seem worse so keep well covered in sun cream.
I think I have this as well. It started when I was about 21 or so (after getting badly burnt on holiday). Have white patches on my arms, legs and stomach. Luckily not so bad on my face - just round my eyes which can be hidden by make-up. I keep well-covered up in the sun and wear really high factor sun creams.
Have never bothered to see a doctor though - is there really any need, as I know they can't do anything much about it?
My sister-in-law has a severe form of this. Oddly, she does some kind of treatment involving tanning beds, which I've never really understood, since I know you have to be careful about burning? A friend of my mother's has it as well and she finally took something that eliminated all of her pigment so that her skin, while quite pale, is uniform.