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Doctor insights on: Handling Vitiligo Condition

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Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

No : Vitiligo is due to depigmentation of the skin. It is not hereditary but ... It is often associated with autoimmune disorders and many people with vitiligo also have a corresponding autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders do have a genetic basis. Also, vitiligo as part of a group of symptoms is often associated with inherited genetic syndromes. In most cases it is not genetically inherited. ...Read more

Dr. Ayyaz Shah
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Vitiligo (Definition)

Vitiligo = autoimmune disease which destroys melanocytes resulting in ...Read more


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What happens if we assume that the vitiligo is generic disorder then can we check if it's a dominant, recesive and carrier etc. using karyotyping.?

Autoimmune: Vitiligo is usually considered an autoimmune problem. If you want to find out whether it is genetic, you will need to get a detailed history on family members with this problem. I am not aware of any genetic markers uncovered thus far. Nonetheless if there has been no history of such a disorder among your immediate family members within 3 generations, genetic study would be meaningless. ...Read more

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I've had vitiligo for about 15 years. My condition is a slow progressing one. I am aware there isn't a cure, but what can I try?

Some hope: You may benefit from combo of Protopic ointment in am, and mid-potency topical steroid in pm for trial of one month, to spots, but not the groin. Both are prescriptions. Generally, the longer the vitiligo duration, the harder it is to get the color back. There are special grafting procedures available in some academic dermatology centers, for resistant vitiligo. ...Read more

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What is the skin disease called vitiligo? How do you get it?

What is the skin disease called vitiligo? How do you get it?

Vitiligo: It is an autoimmune disease of the skin where areas lose the natural skin color. It just happens, like all other autoimmune diseases. Dermatologist can help with treating some spots. ...Read more

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Is kenacort (triamcinolone) injection used in vitiligo disease?

Is kenacort (triamcinolone) injection used in vitiligo disease?

Dilute kenalog (triamcinolone): A dilute kenalog (triamcinolone) 2.5 mg per cent can be used on the edge of vitiliigo to attempt to repigment that area alone or in combination with narrow band uvb or excimer laser. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the skin disease vitiligo do to you?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo causes patches of skin to lose the normal skin color and appear white or lighter. The disease is usually limited to the skin. ...Read more

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Is kenacort (triamcinolone) injection effective in vitiligo disease?

Steroids in vitiligo: Yes, local injection with corticosteroids could help in some cases of vitiligo. There is moderate quality evidence for topical corticosteroids. Michiyukoga (2006) found that those cases of vitiligo where the melananocytes of the skin are affected by an autoimmune process local corticosteroid injection will be of help. ...Read more

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What kind of skin condition is vitiligo? What causes the loss of pigmentation?

Autoimmune: Hi. Vitiligo is the autoimmune destruction of the pigment producing skin cells, the melanocytes. No melanocytes, no pigment. ...Read more

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Someone with very light colored caucasian skin already; can he still get a skin condition like vitiligo?

Yes: Light colored skin can develop vitiligo, however, the difference between depigmented skin of vitiligo and normal skin may not appear as obvious. Even in very pale patients, they still have melanocytes (cells which produce pigment) in their skin. In areas of vitligo, those cells are destroyed, leading to the depigmented apperarance. ...Read more

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20-30% of body is affected by vitiligo. Any known treatment to reverse the condition? What are appropriate safeguards against sun exposure?

20-30% of body is affected by vitiligo. Any known treatment to reverse the condition? What are appropriate safeguards against sun exposure?

The cause?: Many cases of vitiligo is from an autoimmune process and as such you may need to get an evaluation by a dermatologist. Phototherapy with uvb-nb has been reported to be successful in some cases. I don't think sun exposure has much to do with it unless you get a third degree burn which damages the cells producing the pigment (melanin). ...Read more

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Does having vitiligo increase my chances of getting another autoimmune disease? I have intense bodily itching.

See below: Vitligo doesn't necessary cause itching and you may need to see doctor to evaulate this as medications and liver problems can cause this symptom. However; vitiligo is associated with having other autoimmune diseases, but it does not absolutely mean that you will have another one. ...Read more

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I had vitiligo when I was 18, it was cured within a few months treatment, now m 24 my skin doesn't show any patches, can this condition come back?

Yes: Vitiligo is believed to be autoimmune in nature and it is unpredictable in behavior. There are variants of vitiligo that are benign and do not spread. ...Read more

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What skin disease are similar to vitiligo causes lightening of skin, but not total loss of pigment?

What skin disease are similar to vitiligo causes lightening of skin, but not total loss of pigment?

Skin lightening: The skin can lose pigments from inflammation, this can happen in a variety of skin conditions, from eczema to scleroderma. See a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a skin disorder called vitiligo, especially during summer when the sun gets on the "patches" they turn red and start stinging.

Hello. I have a skin disorder called vitiligo, especially during summer when the sun gets on the "patches" they turn red and start stinging.

Yes, but what is the: Please ask what is your question? Skin is very sensitive to sun damage if there is loss of pigment which is what vitiligo is. So you have to protect your skin from further sun damage. ...Read more

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If I already have hypothyroidism, addison's disease, raynaud's disease and vitiligo is it likely that I will get diabetes also?

If I already have hypothyroidism, addison's disease, raynaud's disease and vitiligo is it likely that I will get diabetes also?

Yes: While it is not likely that you will get diabetes, you do have a higher chance of getting diabetes. There is a condition called "polyglandular syndrome" which include: hashimoto's thyroid disease (hypothyroidism), addison's disease and type 1 diabetes. You already have hypothyroidism and addison's disease, so you should be followed closely for the development of diabetes. ...Read more

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