Usually, the first white spot appear in the area of the body that is exposed.
Vitiligo develops as a simple spot, which is noticed as a little paler than the rest of the skin. This spot gradually becomes much paler until reaching the white color.
These patches have no definite shape and at times the edges can become a little inflamed with a slight red tone and may sometimes cause itchiness. Apart from the ‘irregular’ appearance and ‘itchiness’, vitiligo does not cause any irritation or discomfort.
Vitiligo might be photosensitive; the sufferer should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight.
It is difficult to predict for an individual how the disease will progress. In some cases, white patches may spread substantially in matter of weeks, and in others it can rest without growing for months or even years.