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A 21-year-old member asked:

can vitiligo be cured?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
No: We don't fully understand the pathophysiology of vitiligo. It is considered an autoimmune disorder, and sometimes associated with systemic autoimmune conditions. Treatment that are modestly successful all relate to suppressing the immune system in the skin, such as cortisone creams, steroid-sparing immunomodulators and uv therapy. Some people undergo punch grafts, but with modest success.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Not at this time: We currently have to treatment for it.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: There is no known cure for vitiligo.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Yes: It resolves on its own about 1/3 of the time. When it doesn't go away, it can often be treated and made to go away. Using a variety of topical treatments with or without narrowband uvb or excimer laser, i can usually get it to go away for about 2/3 of my patients.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Vitiligo: Medical treatment for vitiligo isn't always necessary. For some, skin color returns without treatment. Using sunscreen and applying cosmetic camouflage cream, may improve the appearance of your skin. For fair-skinned individuals, avoiding tanning can make the areas almost unnoticeable. Medical treatments for vitiligo aim to even out skin tone, either by restoring color (pigment).
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Controlled not cured: It cannot be cured, but every effort is made to control it. It is your body reacting to itself. Good luck!

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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can you cure vitiligo?

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Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue
Dermatology 25 years experience
Ultraviolet light : Evidence has shown that some repigmentation of the areas involved with vitiligo can occur after treatment with ultraviolet light. There is also a laser that can help this condition ask your dermatologist about these treatments.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there any alternative cures for vitiligo that actually work?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Vitiligo: So-called "alternative cures" are of no value in the treatment of vitiligo.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can natural / homeopathic remedies cure vitiligo?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes -- have seen it: Yes, dr. Rajan sankaran, an internationally known homeopathic physician and teacher from mumbai, has shown cases where vitiligo improved through homeopathic treatment. It requires careful case-taking by an experienced homeopath -- it's not a "take this for that" situation. Since your note says you're from la, robert gramlich md (family physician & homeopath) may be able to help you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for vitiligo that has been developed?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Vitiligo: Please go online and look for "www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vitiligo/basics/.../con-20032007" and you will learn what can be cone. Improvement is common.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there any cure for vitiligo that is 100% effective?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
No: There is nothing even close to 100% effective.

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