Vitiligo seems like such a mysterious and unexpected disorder when it first starts to develop that that most sufferers, understandably, wonder where on earth it came from and why it chose to strike them (at least I did!). One of the first things you are told, of course, is that it is not infectious or contagious - you can't catch it. So an obvious question to ask is "is vitiligo hereditary?" A lot of parents worry about whether they will pass it on to their children. But, in reality, the likelihood of this happening is not especially high. It is estimated that only about one fifth of people with vitiligo know of anyone else in their family who also has it. No one in my entire extended family (through 3 generations) has had it. I am certain - from my own experience of developing widespread vitiligo and then recovering from it decades later - that mine was caused by digestive problems so heredity does not seem to have played a part at all. But who knows how many different root causes there may be for this mystifying condition?
A vitiligo blogger since 2011. My name is Caroline. I had vitiligo for nearly 50 years before finding an effective treatment. I created this blog to share my experiences with others affected by this skin condition.