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If you are like most people with vitiligo, you struggle with the emotional impact of vitiligo. But you are not alone.

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The I Have Vitiligo Blog

Why vitiligo doesn’t bother me anymore

Vitiligo doesn't bother me anymore. This is how I've felt for years now. Vitiligo doesn't effect me anymore.I still have vitiligo. It spreads and contracts on its own. I notice it sometimes. It's there, but I don't care.Recently at a coffee shop a woman next to me struck up a conversation. She just wanted someone to talk, and even though I … [Read More...]

Why Me? Vitiligo and the anxiety of having vitiligo

Last weekend I went to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forrest in California. It's a unique place in the White Mountains that looks over the valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Within this forrest are ancient trees. Some of the trees in this area of over 4000 years old. Some of the carcasses of these trees strewn among the living are over … [Read More...]

Photography and Vitiligo: Part 1

I've pursued photography for a year and a half and am loving the process, the work and the images I'm creating, but what surprises me most is this: I've learned about dealing with vitiligo through photography. Here's how it began: When I learned that a regular guy like me could make a picture of the Milky Way, the astronomical feature that's … [Read More...]

Vitiligo and Self-Esteem

Vitiligo is so much more than some spots on the skin because it may deeply affect self-esteem. If you have vitiligo, then you know that vitiligo has a set of emotional symptoms and these symptoms are especially frustrating. Shame, embarrassment, anxiety, fear, are all a result of vitiligo and the changes vitiligo represents:How will vitiligo … [Read More...]

Civil Rights and Vitiligo: Part 3

What can we do to combat discrimination against people with vitiligo?Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King, Jr.Perhaps you have never been discriminated against because of vitiligo. Perhaps you have been ignored or mistreated but simply overlooked the issue. Perhaps you have been mistreated, bullied, or … [Read More...]

Civil Rights and Vitiligo – Part 2:

Why do people discriminate against people with vitiligo?For those of us that have vitiligo, the fear of rejection because of vitiligo goes to our very core. It’s on our minds, it’s in our hearts, it comes across in our actions. One of my readers writes:I have had several bad relationships with guys who never truly accepted me or my … [Read More...]

Civil Rights and Vitiligo – Part 1

Why is it that so many people don’t know what vitiligo is?How many of us learn about vitiligo after the fact, after our diagnosis? Vitiligo isn’t common knowledge. It’s one of those things we all must confront as we consider the ramifications of a small little spot of depigmented skin that will most likely grow. Even with people like Michael … [Read More...]

Nick Vujicic – An Example of Courage

Imagine that for a moment, you did not have vitiligo. But instead of vitiligo, you had no arms and no legs. Would you life be better or worse than it is now? And why?Meet Nick: Nicholas James "Nick" Vujicic is a Serbian Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by … [Read More...]

Vitiligo Correlations: Gluten and Autoimmune diseases

One of the first things I tell people that have been diagnosed with vitiligo is that there may be a vitiligo correlation between a gluten intolerance and the spread of their disease. Do I have proof? No.But I strongly suspect that food allergies contribute to the worsening of vitiligo even if food allergies are not the direct cause.Food … [Read More...]

Vitiligo Success Stories

There are so many vitiligo success stories and I am one of them. I am proud to say that vitiligo no longer holds sway over my life and choices. And I believe this is possible for everyone that has vitiligo.My vitiligo success story is perhaps a bit different than you might expect. I have had vitiligo for just over ten years now. It has slowly … [Read More...]

Does vitiligo go away? Part 1

You can't cure vitiligo, but I've got something better that you can do. The easy answer to the question will vitiligo go away is: Yes, it does. But how and when vitiligo goes away is complex issue that's different for everyone.There are two ways to make vitiligo go away:Medical treatments and health choices that result in re-pigmentation … [Read More...]

She said my vitiligo looked better

The other day I was reconnecting with a former co-worker. We had a really nice time catching up and work, people we know, careers and such.Nice time. Good food. Good talk.Then, towards the end of the lunch my friend mentioned that my vitiligo was looking better. … [Read More...]

Healthy habits and vitiligo

One of my struggles is keeping a healthy self-image. Having vitiligo makes it easy to believe I am less than I am. Two skin colors is not the norm and this fact at times to my feelings of being non-normal, of being ugly, of being unattractive.I have learned that through healthy physical habits, I develop healthy mental habits. By learning … [Read More...]

Mountain Biking with vitiligo

Over the past few months I have been mountain biking.A client of mine gifted me his bike. Its been great fun. I love it flying down a hill. I love working up hill.Tracking my time, beating my time, feeling the burn, feeling the rush.There is a preserve near where I live and I get up there a couple times a week to clear my head, burn … [Read More...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Vitiligo

What Is Vitiligo?

When a person has vitiligo, the cells that normally produce skin color, called melanocytes, die or stop working properly causing white patches to appear.
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Vitiligo Causes

There is no single cause of vitiligo. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder in which the systems in the body that fight off infection begin to fight off the healthy cells that control the coloring of skin, hair, and mucous.
Learn more about what causes vitiligo here

Vitiligo Treatment

There is no known cure for vitiligo but there are treatments which can reduce existing patches. No treatments completely stop the disease progression…but there’s hope.
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Vitiligo Symptoms

Most often, a person with vitiligo will first notice white patches on parts of their body that are most exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms, feet, and hands.
Learn more about the symptoms of vitiligo here.

Is Vitiligo Contagious?

Vitiligo is not contagious (it does not spread from person to person). Vitiligo is not caused by a germ, bacteria, or virus that can spread like the flu or common cold.
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Does Vitiligo Go Away?

Most often, a person with vitiligo will first notice white patches on parts of their body that are most exposed to the sun, such as the face, arms, feet, and hands.
Learn more about getting rid of vitiligo here.