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#1 barefut

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 08:33 AM

I think my youngest may have vitiligo. He has 2 patches of lighter skin on his back and yesterday I noticed that a spot on his cheek, about the size of a nickel, looks lighter than the rest of his face.

I read that it is more prelavent in children whose parents have an autoimmune disease. I have to do more research and I will be taking him in to get it checked.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with vitiligo?

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 08:41 AM

Hi,

I don't have any experience with it, but here is a link on Vitiligo that may be helpful for you.
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 10:09 AM

Barefut,
I've had vitiligo for over 10 years now. It appeared couple of days after anesthesia (I had some kind of small surgery when I was very very young), and it has caused me just few white spots on my skin, nothing more. In my case it's just a cosmetic "mistake" with all the other ones I have (Scleroderma etc).

I've read that it's normal if the "spots" are changing the size, if new areas arrive or the "old ones" get back to the normal pigment. But I've never heard that vitiligo would cause any serious problems, just a cosmetic mistake like I said. :)

That's what I know,
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 02:18 PM

Barefut,

My middle daughter has vitiligo. And I just read an article that connected vitiligo with possible limited sclero. I'll have to rack my brain on where I just saw it.
I'm hoping that it is just vitiligo, I couldn't imagine the guilt that would come with passing on this horrible disease to one of my babies. It worries me everytime I see it on her, and I make her let me look at it to see if it's changing or getting bigger. She hates it when I do that! :P Just a worried mom, I guess.

Positive thoughts to you and your little one.
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:08 PM

Thanks for your replies guys,

I was wondering if it could possibly be anything else? Then again, it's kind of like Raynaud's in diagnosing - there it is!

But COULD it be something else?

After closer inspection of his skin I have also found small brown spots as well.

Is it possible that vitiligo is an early warning sign for a more serious autoimmune disease to come? You knew this question was coming....! :(

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 09:40 PM

Well, for me Vitiligo was first, then came linearic scleroderma few years after, but I don't think that Vitiligo is the first sign of something worse. You should remember to keep yourself calm and not to overreact like mummies usually do :) I understand that in this situation it might be hard, but if it would calm you, you could talk about this with your doctor, maybe he/she could tell you more.

I keep on spotting new brown or white areas on my skin, but after a while I just notice that I'm just imagining and over reacting.

I hope your kid has just Vitiligo.
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 12:04 PM

Well my son's doctor thinks his skin discoloration is Tinea Versicolor, a fungal infection.

When I asked him to write it down for me, he handed it to me and said, "There, now you can go home and Google that" On my way home I thought I should have said to him, "You say that like it's a bad thing."

Of course I have to find out more for myself when doctor doesn't give me ANY info other than this foriegn sounding name and "fungal infection" What mom wouldn't want to know more? Doctors....Sheesh! And he's a dad...

Anyway, we'll try an antifungal cream and see what happens.

When I asked him, "So, you don't think it might be Vitiligo?" He got a surprised look on his face and said, "Well, your doctor could be wrong, I don't know". (That does not exactly instill confidence in me.)

Of course I did not mean to come off like I was doubting him or being an alarmist. I let him know that I was relieved by his diagnosis since there is nothing that can be done for Vitiligo, but whenever there is the remotest possibility that either of my children may have any kind of autoimmune disorder/disease, I want it looked into.

This is what I found online for Tinea Versicolor:

"Healthy skin may normally have the fungus that causes this disorder growing in its pores (the openeing of the hair follicles). Tinea Versicolor occurs when the fungus becomes overgrown. A number of factors may trigger this growth including:

Hot, humid weather
Excessive sweating
Oily skin
Hormonal changes
Immunosuppression - when the immune system is unable to protect the body from the growth of yeast or fungus on the skin or elsewhere."

(Yea, that last one has my ears up)

Other conditions that cause these symptoms are, Pityriasis alba (a form of mild eczema) and Vitiligo.

And that is the end of my little lesson for the day on the popssible causes of skin discoloration.

Tune in next week for "How to remember to apply antifungal cream to your kindergartener, twice daily, when you can't remember to take your vitamins."

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