The main sign of Vitiligo is pigment loss that produces milky-white patches i.e. depigmentation on the skin.
Other Vitiligo signs may include:
- Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.
- Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth i.e. mucous membranes.
- Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye i.e. retina.
Any part of body may be affected by vitiligo, depigmentation usually first develops on sun-exposed areas of skin, such as hands, feet, arms, face and lips.
Vitiligo generally appears in one of three patterns:
- Focal Pattern - Depigmentation limited to one or only a few areas.
- Segmental Pattern - Depigmented patches that develop on one side of the body.
- Generalized Pattern - The most common pattern. Depigmentation occurs symmetrically on both sides of the body.