Has anyone had any experience with this? Other facial rashes aside, I have symetrical white patches on my cheeks. It doesnt cause me any problems as such because I am quite light skinned (milk bottle) so I can easily hide with foundation if required. No pain either. I am just interested as I am doing my rheumy list for my first apt and i came across vitiligo which sounds like what i have but it also says its an auto immune disorder, so just thought i would ask you all if anyone has such a rash.:wink2:
Hope you are all well
Lou, I haven't been on here for awhile so I'm late in replying...but yes, I have vitiligo. I started having various skin problems about 20 yrs. ago... rashes, sores, hives, you name it. THEN... I started getting these little white spots here & there. I thought it was scars from the reoccurring sores ( which I STILL have).... but the spots didn't go away. They began to widen out... bigger & bigger. I'm naturally a medium-dark skinned person that could tan smooth & easily. But the white patches just kept spreading.... my arms, legs, hands, feet, face.... everywhere! Over a period of about 10 yrs. I lost all my pigmentation. Today, I'm chalky white with a few small brown patches on my cheeks. I cover them with concealer & makeup. I have to wear long sleeves yr. round, a hat, sunglasses, use sunscreen... and be very careful not to get a sunburn. If the sun burns my neck, I get a hot, itchy rash that pretty much has to have prednisone to get relief. As far as the vitiligo, I tried some really expensive pills once... but they were a total waste of $$. There's nothing they can do about it. You just have to live with it, or so the case has been with me. At least it's only cosmetic.... not painful or itchy... just ugly and high risk for skin cancer if you don't avoid the sun.
I have mild lupus...and who knows? mabe this vitiligo is a by-product of the lupus. I hate the way I look.... but it's nothing compared to the terrible headaches and fatigue and gastritis and respiratory problems that I also have.
Mabe your Dr. can tell you something more about the vitiligo. Best of luck to you. Sherry