A 33-year-old male asked:
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12 mo. ago my wife noticed a white patch below her lip, diagnosed vitiligo. patch has grown and a 2nd one appeared in the same area. she is pregnant. treatment options? odds of successful treatment?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Prognosis uncertain: Early treatment options include the following: phototherapy, in which your skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. A dermatologist performs this treatment. There are also medicines applied to the skin, such as: corticosteroid creams or ointments immunosuppressant creams or ointments, such as pimecrolimus and tacrolimus topical drugs such as methoxsalen. These are not for pregnant women.
Answered on Jul 12, 2013
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Vitiligo on Face: Topical ointments containing tacrolimus or pimecrolimus are effective for people with small areas of depigmentation, especially on the face and neck. This treatment has fewer side effects than corticosteroids. However, these products are pregnancy category c meaning no human pregnany studies done. Thus, you may want to try cloderm, a topical steroid. See your dermatologist for a prescription.
Answered on Jul 12, 2013

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