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Recent research shows a potential link between vitiligo and systemic sclerosis, a chronic skin and organ condition. Understanding these findings may help you stay informed about your health if you have vitiligo.

  • Research shows a higher risk of developing systemic sclerosis among people with vitiligo.
  • Among people with vitiligo, those who also have systemic sclerosis often have additional health conditions, like heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

In a recent study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, researchers investigated the link between vitiligo, a skin condition causing white patches on the skin, and systemic sclerosis (SSc), a disease causing skin tightening and potential organ damage. Their findings suggest that individuals with vitiligo might be more likely to develop SSc and vice versa.

Increased Risk of Systemic Sclerosis

If you have vitiligo, your risk of developing SSc might be more than five times greater than those without the condition. The risk is more pronounced among women and younger individuals. 

This underscores the importance of regular check-ups and monitoring for individuals with vitiligo, especially considering the complications that can accompany SSc. 

Additional Health Considerations

In addition to revealing the link between vitiligo and SSc, the research found that individuals with both conditions often have additional health challenges. This group is likely to be older, predominantly female, and have a higher prevalence of coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Seeking Timely Medical Advice

Being aware of your body and any changes may be important for your health. If you are living with vitiligo and notice any changes in your skin texture or if you begin to experience new or different symptoms, especially related to your cardiovascular health, don’t hesitate to consult your healthcare provider.

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Kridin, K., Lyakhovitsky, K., Tzur-Bitan, D., Onn, E., Lyakhovitsky, A., Zoller, L., & Cohen, A. D. (2022). Vitiligo and systemic sclerosis: Are they associated?– Lessons from a population‐based study. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 64(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/ajd.13942