Vitiligo Patients Should Check for Other Autoimmune Diseases

Vitiligo Patients Should Check for Other Autoimmune Diseases

In the past, you may have seen us write about the link between vitiligo and autoimmune disease. If you are a vitiligo patient, you would have noticed that while Nashville dermatologists like ourselves were aware that there was a loose connection, it hadn’t been fully proven to the point where every patient is tested for it.

That’s about to change. In a new study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, 224 patients with vitiligo were tested to assess demographic characteristics, clinical features, associations with autoimmune disease, and effects of age of onset. The proof was in the pudding: the study showed that 22% of patients with vitiligo have an autoimmune disease, with thyroid disease being the most common. In addition, it was found that patients with adult onset vitiligo are more like to have thyroid disease, however, they definitely also had a higher likelihood to gain their color with treatment.

If you have a child in Nashville with vitiligo, you might not need to start worrying just yet - the study showed that children with vitiligo had far less autoimmune diseases than adults. However, it was observed that children with vitiligo tended to have loss of color around their moles, something we dermatologists call halo nevi.

So, what does all this information mean? Ultimately, we are going to be extra vigilant with our Nashville patients to establish this link early on! Here’s what you should take away from this research:

  1. If you have vitiligo, make an appointment with your Nashville dermatologist. With this research, the links between vitiligo and autoimmune disease is strong, and you should now make sure you get checked for it.

  2. Make your skin is protected. We know you know this already, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder! If your skin isn’t protected with sunscreen, your normal skin color will get darker with vitiligo, and areas with no color will burn. Here are some of our favorites for facial and body sunscreens from our online store.

  3. Check your child’s skin. Kids with vitiligo have halo nevi, as mentioned previously, but these can be harder to spot. Take a look at their skin to check if they have any white moles with a light halo around them. If so, see your Nashville dermatologist immediately.

If you’re ready to book your vitiligo appointment, you can choose from any of our Skin Solutions Dermatology branches in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: The International Journal of Dermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD