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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes the gray appearance of hair. Melanin is the pigment that gives hair its color and gray hair has reduced melanin.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Visual field defect

  • Photophobia

Possible causes

  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

    This disease occurs when the body's own immune system accidentally attacks a particular type of pigment cells called "melanocytes". The eyes are often affected, causing blurring of vision, flashing lights, or floaters. Other areas that can be affected include the inner ear, causing loss of hearing. The surface layer of the brain can also be affected, causing headaches and neck stiffness.

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  • Do you feel that you have more gray hair than others your age?

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