Can Vitiligo Be Transmitted To The Fetus?

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i am april. White spots on the fingers or commonly called vitiligo can it affect the fetus or not? If I am pregnant will my child have white patches too? thanks

1 Answer:

Good morning, Good. Thank you for your question


There are many possible causes for white patches on the face. Some of them are:


· Tinea versicolor (tinea versicolor). Caused by a fungal infection Mallasezia furfur. In addition to a whitish rash, tinea versicolor will generally be characterized by itching, especially when the skin is wet or sweaty.


· Vitiligo. Disorders of the pigment that regulates skin color (melanin). The exact cause is unknown. However, it is thought to be related to genetic (congenital) factors.


Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Occurs due to an inadequate healing process after inflammation in the skin, for example due to infection, irritation, burns, and so on


·      White nevi (white mole).


·       White head comedo (white comedo).


· Pityriasis alba, is usually very similar to tinea versicolor, but is generally not accompanied by scales, does not itch, and there are no other complaints. Often experienced, especially in areas exposed to the sun. This disease does not require treatment because it will go away on its own in a few months. The most important thing is to avoid direct sunlight, wear sunscreen, and apply moisturizer regularly


·       Contact dermatitis


·   Leprosy (leprosy, Morbus Hansen). Leprosy, also known as leprosy, is a disease that attacks the skin, peripheral nervous system, mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and eyes. This results in wounds and spots and peripheral nerve damage which is characterized by numbness.


·       Psoriasis, and so on

Vitiligo complaints occur when the skin does not produce enough melanin. Melanin is a compound that determines skin color and protects the skin from the harmful effects of sunlight. The exact cause of melanin deficiency is not known. However, it is suspected that this is related to:


1.     Genetics (heredity)


2.     Autoimmune disorders (hyperthyroidism, diabetes, Addison's disease)


3.     Stress


4.     Skin damage (e.g. from sunburn)


5.     Exposure to certain chemical compounds


Vitiligo will not interfere with your pregnancy, but vitiligo does have the potential to be genetically passed on to the fetus you are carrying later. For that, you should consult directly with an obstetrician and dermatologist to help overcome your anxiety.


May be useful,

dr. Dian

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