Risk Factors for Vitiligo

The cause of Vitiligo is still a mystery so listing risk factors can not be one hundred percent accurate but certain factors might increase the chances of acquiring Vitiligo.

Autoimmune Disorders

Certain autoimmune disorders seem to be the common denominator with some patients. It is more prevalent if there are other family members with these autoimmune disorders:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Alopecia areata
  • Pernicious anemia

The association between these disorders and Vitiligo is unknown. It is also important to mention most Vitiligo patients do not suffer any other autoimmune disorders.


Vitiligo can run in families making it hereditary, but the evidence supporting this hypothesis is very limited.

Parents with Vitiligo will not have children with Vitiligo while parents without Vitiligo can have children with Vitiligo.  Evidence also points to people with Vitiligo that did not have any family history. Until the real cause of Vitiligo is determined no one can say for certain what causes it and what the risk factors are. If you have been diagnosed with Vitiligo the best thing you can do is find reliable sources for the latest information about the disease and forms of therapy.

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