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Normally, the color of hair, skin and eyes is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning.
Vitiligo signs include:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Premature whitening of the hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard (usually before age 35)
  • Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose (mucous membranes)
  • Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball (retina)
  • Discolored patches around the armpits, navel, genitals and rectum
September 3, 2016
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