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Can You Vitiligo
Waxes and wanes: Medical treatment isn't always necessary for vitiligo if the patches of skin aren't noticeable and are small. Treatment for vitiligo can take up to 18 months, and you may have to try several different treatment to find the one that works best. A dermatologist can walk you through the treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hoe does one get vitiligo. Can you get it age 40. Where does it come from. I have a small patch on my fingers. Will it spread.?
Usually auto-immune: Vitiligo is considered an auto-immune disorder, meaning the body is doing this to itself. The cause of vitiligo is unknown, but may be from auto-immune, genetic, or viral causes. It can appear in other parts of one's body, but is not contagious to other people. A dermatologist can help with treatment, but treatments are only partly effective. ...Read more
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No promises: Ask your dermatologist about topical tacrolimus. The phototherapy isn't that effective, the melanocyte transplants are still tried, there are cover-ups, if it becomes widespread your skin has simply changed color, and you and/or other special people in your life may decide it's cool, as a couple of professional athletes and actors have done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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, 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. ...Read more
Vitiligo signs:: People who develop vitiligo usually first notice white patches (depigmentation) on their skin. These patches are more commonly found on sun-exposed areas of the body, including the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. In addition to white patches on the skin, people with vitiligo may have premature graying of the scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard. People with dark skin may notice a loss of. ...Read more
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