Skin Discoloration: What Causes White Patches On Skin?

Q: Is a white patch on skin a cause for concern?

A: Generally not. However, if you’ve got a single white patch on skin that tends to enlarge or in case you begin to acquire additional white spots anywhere on your body, consult a dermatologist.

Q: What are the causes of white patches on skin?

A: There’s a wide spectrum of causes of different origin. It can be psoriasis, eczema, superficial fungal infection or depigmentation.

Q: Do white patches look the same for all mentioned conditions?

A: Certainly not. Psoriasis patches are initially red but often they get covered with silvery scales and appear white. Eczema patches are rather rash that starts with itching and further develops into white patches. Patches from a superficial fungal infection become more pronounced during sun exposure. Vitiligo manifests as skin depigmentation, i.e. absolutely white skin areas without itching or scaling.

Q: Can vitiligo be treated?

A: No, unfortunately, but you may improve the appearance of the affected areas.

Q: Are other skin conditions, causing skin discoloration, treatable?

A: When it comes to psoriasis and vitiligo, the treatment is aimed mainly at effects minimizing and flare-ups controls. Yeast infections (tinea versicolor) are treated with antifungal creams and shampoos. Eczema symptoms are relieved with moisturizers and avoidance of harsh soaps.

Q: What causes white patches on skin apart from the mentioned skin conditions?

A: Even vitamin deficiency can cause unsightly white patches. Long-term vegans, for instance, may lack vitamin B12 which can lead to serious neurological problems along with unexplained white patches on skin.