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What is vitiligo?

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Vitiligo is a skin coloration problem. it's more commoly linked with type 1 diabetes than type 2 diabetes. The cells that make pigment (the substance that controls skin color) are destroyed, resulting in patches of discolored skin. Vitiligo often affects the chest and abdomen, but it can happen on the face around the mouth, nostrils, and eyes. Treatments include steroids that go on your skin and micropigmentation (tattooing). If you have vitiligo, you should use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to prevent sunburn on the discolored skin.

From: Skin Problems in Diabetes WebMD Medical Reference

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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your feet and skin healthy.“ 

American Diabetes Association: “Skin Complications.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 09, 2017

Sources:  

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Prevent diabetes problems: Keep your feet and skin healthy.“ 

American Diabetes Association: “Skin Complications.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 09, 2017

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