Vitiligo?

Patient

Q: My nan has complete vitiligo, that covers her entire body. My mum also has vitiligo but hers manifests as a few pale spots on her hands and her arms that are gradually getting bigger over the years, but are still not outwardly noticeable unless pointed out. I went on holiday this summer and got sunburned the first day, and it was an odd pattern with spots all over my stomach that didn't burn at all, and I assumed I had somehow caused this with sun cream. However over the next couple of days the burn faded and I gradually built up a tan, however the same spots never tanned. This was almost 4 months ago now, and my tan has faded, but you can still faintly see the spots and patches of skin all over my stomach that are paler than the rest. I never noticed this before I went on holiday and it has never happened before, but this summer was the first time I had gotten a tan in 2 years, so if it is a recent development I wouldn't have noticed. Am I developing vitiligo too?

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