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How Can I Reverse Vitiligo
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
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
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
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
Protopic or Elidil: These are two creams that may safely be used to treat vitiligo. It is very dependent on where the vitiligo is. Lesions on the face respond much better than other areas on the body. In addition, treatment with narrow band ultra-violet therapy works well. Or treatments with an excimer laser may give excellent results. Some vitamins may help but no scientific data is available. ...Read more
Vitiligo: The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown. However, genetic and autoimmune factors are likely to be involved. Some patients have no family history of vitiligo or autoimmune disease but still develop the disease. Possible extrinsic factors include stress and certain industrial chemicals. I am not sure which chemicals specifically may be responsible. Cytomegalovirus may also play a role. ...Read more
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