What Causes Vitiligo?
In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of vitiligo we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow vitiligo to develop?"
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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind vitiligo consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to vitiligo. Here are two possibilities:
- Autoimmune Tendency
- Megaloblastic Anemia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high serum iron
macrocytic red cells
pernicious anemia, no longer treated
reduced sense of smell
history of folic acid deficiency
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vitiligo:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Existing Skin Conditions
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about vitiligo:
Do you have Vitiligo (patches of depigmented/lighter skin)?
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of vitiligo or vitiligo, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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