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Is vitiligo hereditary ?

Hi. my name is merci wood. I wanted to know what s the chances of having vitiligo if a parent has it. I m 17 years of age, and have no signs of vitiligo marks on my body, however I did have very bad eczema as a child but it has cleared over time and I haven t had it since I was in elementary school. I m a junior in high school now. I just recently got in touch with my real dad and discovered that he has vitiligo. I m not sure how long he s had it but I ve seen pics of him at age 37 with very few vitiligo markings and he s 38 now and it s getting worse in taking over his body. I m very scared, he has 2 other children both younger than I am. am I at risk, should I be worried ? I take good care of my skin, my skin is in very good condition haven t had any eczema, only puberty bumps every now and than. please consult me....
Mon, 19 Nov 2018
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Hi,

Vitiligo is considered as an autoimmune genetically inherited disease. So, there are few chances about 40% to get vitiligo in your case.

Skipping chances are more than getting chances.

Factors like trauma, burns, scratching, insults to the skin, etc might stimulate the development of vitiligo. So, be careful and if you have doubts.

Immediately consult the dermatologist.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Ilyas Patel, Dermatologist
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Is vitiligo hereditary ?

Hi, Vitiligo is considered as an autoimmune genetically inherited disease. So, there are few chances about 40% to get vitiligo in your case. Skipping chances are more than getting chances. Factors like trauma, burns, scratching, insults to the skin, etc might stimulate the development of vitiligo. So, be careful and if you have doubts. Immediately consult the dermatologist. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Ilyas Patel, Dermatologist