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Vitiligo on the scalp may affect the color of the hair (though not always), leaving white patches or streaks. It will similarly affect facial and body hair. Vitiligo may also be hereditary; that is, it can run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. In fact, 30 percent of people with vitiligo have a family member with the disease. However, only 5 to 7 percent of children will get vitiligo even if a parent has it, and most people with vitiligo do not have a family history of the disorder.

Large number of inherited disorders is associated with vitiligo. They include: albinism of the ocular type, autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome, congenital deafness with vitiligo and achalasia, dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria, ermine phenotype, familial histiocyctic reticulosis, kabuki syndrome, and the syndrome of spastic paraparesis, vitiligo, premature graying and characteristic facies.

People with vitiligo develop white patches on their skin of irregular shapes and sizes. Vitiligo is more common on the exposed areas, for example, hands, face, neck and arms. It also occurs on covered areas too like genitals, breast and legs. In some patients, the hair may also turn grey early and in the inside of the mouth, white discoloration may occur.

The symptoms of vitiligo are caused by non-functioning melanocytes, which are the cells in your skin responsible for producing melanin, the primary pigment in your skin. When the melanocytes are shut down and melanin production stops, your skin loses its pigmentation, and turns white.

Vitiligo and Graves Disease are associated to each other in that vitiligo is a side effect that people with Graves Disease go through. Although it is not a common condition to a lot of Graves Disease patients, it should be paid enough attention or it may lead to greater risks of complications.

Skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of epithelial tissues. It also is the third system helping to remove toxins from our body, if the liver and kidney cannot completely remove them. Symptoms of toxic skin include: Skin rashes caused by vitiligo and psoriasis ,Red, itchy rash, inflammation, temporary disability.

Vitiligo Vitiligo or Leukoderma is a skin disease that occurs due to Pigment Loss and results in irregular patches and pale skin. Signs and symptoms Vitiligo can be caused due to stress which affects the human immune system. This will also result in skin patches to shrink, grow or remain the same. The white patches spread on various body parts such as the limbs, torso, face and groin.

Skin discoloration should not be a cause for alarm. More often than not, having uneven skin tone or color is caused by factors like over exposure to sunlight, allergic reaction, or the normal processes of aging. However, there are cases where the appearance of patches or discoloration on any area of your skin should prompt you to see your doctor or consult with dermatologists. Among the most notorious skin discolorations are the symptoms brought by tinea versicolor and vitiligo.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes signs and symptoms of inflammation in joints that include pain, swelling, redness, warmth and loss of function i.e. stiffness and limitation in the motion and function of multiple joints. Although joints are the main structure affected by this condition, it can cause inflammation in other body parts too for example, the eyes, lungs, heart, blood vessels and kidneys.

"I have suffered with vitiligo for several years. Every doctor I visited essentially said that there wasn't much that could be done. I was 'surfing the internet' and came across your website. The vitiligo page looked very interesting so I made an appointment for a consultation. You were informative and honest, indicating that, using a combination of narrow-band UVB phototherapy and other topical treatments, about 75% of patients see improvement. Well, I was in the lucky group who improved! After just 12 light treatments I started seeing color return and after 38 treatments, my condition had almost completely resolved! It's like a mini-miracle! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Crutchfield". - Donna P. St. Paul.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield conducts active psoriasis research (he has a Master's Degree in Molecular Biology) and has recently received a United States Patent on one his psoriasis treatment medications. Dr. Crutchfield lectures locally and nationally on the treatment of psoriasis. When other medical students, dermatology residents and physicians learn about psoriasis, they are often learning it from Dr. Crutchfield. Dr. Crutchfield also treats many physicians and nurses with psoriasis. When other Twin Cities' healthcare providers need psoriasis treatment, they often choose Dr. Crutchfield. We are happy to share that Dr. Crutchfield is recognized in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" issue for 2004-2005. Now that you know a little bit about Dr. Crutchfield we invite you to take a look at our results. Below are pictures of just a few of the many happy patients we have treated at Crutchfield Dermatology.

Vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go) is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin, the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose and genital and rectal areas), and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball) are destroyed. As a result, white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. The hair that grows in areas affected by vitiligo usually turns white.

The cause of vitiligo is not known, but doctors and researchers have several different theories. One theory is that people develop antibodies that destroy the melanocytes in their own bodies. Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves. Finally, some people have reported that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress triggered vitiligo; however, these events have not been scientifically proven to cause vitiligo.

About 1 to 2 percent of the world's population, or 40 to 50 million people, have vitiligo. In the United States, 2 to 5 million people have the disorder. Ninety-five percent of people who have vitiligo develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects individuals of all ethnic origins and both sexes. Loss of pigment most commonly is noted first on the hands, feet, arms, face or lips. Frequently this disease is progressive.

The primary goal of therapy is to restore the skin's color by restoring melanocytes to the skin. Repigmentation of the skin with melanocytes allows the skin to regain its normal immune/inflammatory functions and improves the appearance of those suffering from this disease.

At Crutchfield Dermatology we take a great deal of pride in our very effective vitiligo treatments. Dr. Crutchfield is a board certified dermatologist, graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School (1994) and a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota, who has extensive training in the treatment of vitiligo including topical medications and phototherapeutic measures (narrow band-UVB).

At Crutchfield Dermatology, we also have the most active phototherapy center for the treatment of vitiligo in the state of Minnesota, employing both full body narrow band-UVB National Biological Corporation units.

Dr. Crutchfield will carefully evaluate your condition and design a custom vitiligo treatment program that is just right for you.. Most of our patients see improvement in 1-2 months after beginning therapy.

For additional helpful information on this topic Dr. Crutchfield recommends these helpful links:

Vitiligo FAQs
National Vitiligo Foundation

Vitiligo Photo Gallery
Patient Testimonial

Thanks so much for the info on Vitiligo in your newsletter. My son has been going to light therapy treatments 3 x/week for close to a year and a half. It's amazing what a difference it has made both physically and emotionally for him. I appreciate the info your newsletter provides.

Ronna C.
St. Paul

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