Vitiligo does not have a common name.
Vitiligo can be caused by: a disorder with the immune system, or stress imbalance/a stressful event.
Symptoms of vitiligo are rapid pigment loss on areas of the skin, premature whitening/graying of hair, loss of color of the tissues that line the inside of the mouth, and the loss/change of the color of the retina.
A doctor would examine the skin and review medical history, such as a family history of vitiligo, in order to come up with a diagnosis.
Treatment of vitiligo may include: the use of cosmetics, topical medicines, surgery, and depigmentation.
Vitiligo has no physical side effects other than the parts of the skin that have had depigmentation. Some treatments, however, may carry side effects.
There is no way to prevent vitiligo.
Although vitiligo symptoms date back to as early as 2200 BC, it was not diagnosed until the 2nd century AD by Aulus Cornelius Celsus.
Michael Jackson had vitiligo.
The white patches caused by vitiligo feel like normal skin.