I have had Vitaligo also for years - and Hashi for more. My knuckels, and hands look scared / blotchy as these areas dont tan from the summer sun. But I'm a guy, so its not that big a deal.
Used to do a lot of research on vitaligo treatment. There is very , very little that can be done.
Treating the thyroid does nothing for Vitaligo. Is an autoimmune disorder of skin pigment. There is a cream / topical for some skin disease that is though to help with some peoples Vitaligo - the brand Protpic (.1% tacrolimus)
Ultra Violet ray treatment has been known to work. But the risk factor is obvious , skin cancer - and they warn you about it. So what is worse?
I developed Vitiligo after going on Armour Thyroid although I don't think it was the Armour. When I was on Synthroid my T4 levels were good at 15. No one would keep me there after the "TSH" test came on the market. So I went on Armour to get the T3 I needed. As time has gone on the dr. keeps lowering my meds and I get more white spots with each lower level. I know they are related somehow because I went on Syn. again a few months ago and they began to fade back to normal color. Had to off Syn. because once again I do not covert to T3 and no one will let me go high enough to feel normal. Now my FT4 is 20 points below normal and I have more white spots than ever before and some blisters as well. Since this is not written in a medical book that a doctor can read they will not listen to me, even if they see it with their own eyes. I would advise getting your Thyroid meds up on the high side if you are so fortunate to find a doctor that can think and not just read. Good luck with that....
The ONLY connection that Vitaligo has to do with thyroid is if you have autoimmune hypo or hyper thyroid.
Vitaligo is an autoimmune condition just like Hashimoto or Graves, Cushings, Addisons and one of the Diabetes ect.
It is very common for a person with an autoimmune condition or diseases to develop three of them. So that is the good side of Vitaligo - it is not harmful, except for the higher possibility of skin cancer.
Vitaligo can rage ahead for years and then stall. It can be affected by stress. It dose not develop blisters or irritation and is not a rash at all. The pigment in the affected areas is simply pale in comparison to surrounding areas and will not tan at all.
Whatever thyroid med I have taken (that would be almost all available in US), it made no difference to my Vitaligo.
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