Are there other conditions related to vitiligo?


Vitiligo in of itself does not appear to "lead" to other conditions. However, there are other autoimmune-related conditions, which may arise in vitiligo patients, and that may even arise from the same genetic disorder that results in vitiligo.

Thyroid disorders (especially hypothyroidism) are quite common in those with vitiligo, and many doctors feel treating thyroid disorders is important in treating vitiligo. Other related autoimmune conditions are much rarer, but include alopecia areata, pernicious anemia, lupus, and occasionally diabetes. To worry that these other conditions will arise is unwarranted, as they are not very common. But understanding these other conditions, and knowing about their symptoms, may be wise.

Nevertheless, most people with vitiligo have no other autoimmune disorders.