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simplydevastated posted 7/15/2013 13:17 PM

There is a question in here somewhere in all of my rambling

Does anyone have any good information about this?

**Some background**
My sister and father both have it. They also both have that dark/olive Italian skin. My father got it after he had a really bad burn one year when he was working tobacco (popular summer job in my neck of the woods) when he was 18. My sister used to go tanning (why I'll never know, she could think about the sun and get a tan) and then hers showed up I think she was about the of 18 as well.

**Reason I'm asking**
My kids have very different skin types. DS9 has the fair French or Polish skin tones. He burns like I do. I have the same skin type (no vitiligo with me or my mother or anyone on my mother's side). DD6 tans like you wouldn't believe. So I'm worried if she has my father's Italian skin type or if she has my husband's skin type (he tans very easily). So I'm worried about DD6 and if there's a possibility of her inheriting vitiligo. When they go outside I always goop them up with SPF 100 everywhere except for hands and feet. Some sun does have to get through

Does anyone know anything about it? Is it hereditary? The last time I talked to a doctor about this was when I was a pregnant with my son and they were getting a medical history on family members. They said there isn't too much information about it.

Any information is greatly appreciated.


lynnm1947 posted 7/15/2013 14:52 PM

I have had mild outbreaks, though mine seems to respond well to the cream. I only had one huge outbreak--the initial one, It covered half my face and almost all of the front of my neck. Now I get tiny white spots on my legs or arms/hands. The doctor says it's not true vitiligo because it's not permanent. In true vitiligo, apparently genes can be inherited.

Crescita posted 7/15/2013 15:41 PM

My boss and one of her three daughters have it. The other two daughters are around 30 and have yet to have any signs. All of my boss' daughters have dark/olive skin.

I'd just stick with sun screen for cancer prevention and wouldn't over think the skin tone. So many genes are involved in skin tone the color could come from any number of ancestors on either side.

SunsetLost posted 7/15/2013 15:46 PM

My grandmother, father, and myself all have vitiligo. We all have very pale skin and were not out in the sun much. My grandmother and father developed it later (post 40's), I started having area's on my skin in my early 20's.

In our family, it's definitely genetic, but aside from requiring a lot of sunscreen, it's more of an inconvenience than anything else.

simplydevastated posted 7/15/2013 20:46 PM

Thank you for all of your replies. I appreciate it. I know there's nothing I can do about it. I just started paying a bit more attention to her skin tone and how easily she tans like my sister and started to worry or panic

tabitha95 posted 7/16/2013 01:08 AM

DS11 has extremely fair irish skin. When he gets a little tanned, he has white spots and a large area of his back that looks like a paintbrush went over his back. He's had it since about 4 or 5 years old. I have a streak in the back of my hair that my mom called my blonde spot, until it turned into my grey spot in my teens. I also have always had some grey hairs in my eyebrows since I was a kid. My paternal grandmother died before 30, she had a grey streak in her bangs.

I'm not sure if this is vitiligo. The doctors told me that it is common for kids to have what DS11 has and they often outgrow it. He said there may be a correlation with my grey areas and my grandmother's.

Basically, the doctor didn't help narrow anything down and didn't diagnose it with a name.

[This message edited by tabitha95 at 1:09 AM, July 16th (Tuesday)]

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