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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.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can vitiligo be cured?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is a really good treatment for vitiligo?

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Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dermatology 19 years experience
Topical and UV light: There is no known cure for vitiligo. However, patients can benefit from topical rx therapies as well as uv light therapy. Excimer laser therapy has shown to be very effective in some patients as well. Many vitiligo patients will psychologically benefit from using cover up makeup such as dermablend. This is available both online and over the counter at department stores.
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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.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What does vitiligo typically look like?

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Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dermatology 19 years experience
White patches: Vitiligo can appear in different forms ranging from small drop like spots to large patches. It is usually symmetric (both sides of the body are similarly affected) and presents as depigmented patches (patches with no skin pigment at all) unlike other mimicking skin diseases often presenting with hypopigmented patches (skin areas with less than normal skin pigment).
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I reverse vitiligo?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Topicals, UV light: Vitiligo can be mild or severe, stay in remission for many years but suddenly flare and then spread to involve larger parts of the body. It can be treated with various topicals (ie: elidel, (pimecrolimus) protopic, topical steroids, tretinoin), light therapy (puva, uvb laser, light box). These treatments can help with repigmentation but does not cure the disease, may continue to recur and worsen.

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