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My son has a big white patch on his back could it be vitiligo? It a different skin color then his normal skin color

My son has a big white patch on his back could it be vitiligo? It a different skin color then his normal skin color

Uncommon site: There are several reasons a person can have an unpigmented (white) patch other than vitiligo. The back would be an unusual site for that diagnosis. A visit to a dermatologist who can examine & possibly biopsy the site would be a way to find out what this represents. ...Read more

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Dr. Ayyaz Shah
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Vitiligo (Definition)

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


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My son 7 years old,he has vitiligo; test; litium 0, zink 101, vitamin d3 30.7 is normal that litium is 0??? He is a normal child.

Yes: There is research on the effect of lithium on the skin, and vitiligo, but it is not usually found in anyone who is not taking it as a medication. Please don't freak out, the doc is just being thorough with their testing. ...Read more

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Vitiligo white hair/beard spots, can I remove those spots and do a hair plant for normal color? is there any solution? I'm 21 y/o vit doesn't spread

Vitiligo white hair/beard spots, can I remove those spots and do a hair plant for normal color? is there any solution? I'm 21 y/o vit doesn't spread

Unclear: Do you mean that you have pigment loss on your skin at the beard area? If so, it is not possible to remove a depigmented spots. However certain treatment such as UvB-NB phototherapy may help restore pigments for some people. In addition, one needs to rule out an autoimmune process leading to the pigment loss. ...Read more

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Small patch near wrist. relatively lighter than normal skin.Since I can remember. since grade 3. Now 20 years Has not grown.birthmark or vitiligo?

Small patch near wrist.  relatively lighter than normal skin.Since I can remember. since grade 3. Now 20 years Has not grown.birthmark or vitiligo?

20 years: It seems there is no reason to worry about a small patch near your wrist. If the patch has changed, relax and enjoy life. If there is some concern feel free to send me a note. ...Read more

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What causes vitiligo?

Autoimmunity: Hi. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease wherein the immune system attacks the melanocytes, the skin cells that make color pigment. The skin areas wherein the melanocytes are destroyed have no pigment and are white. ...Read more

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How is vitiligo cured?

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 more

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How is vitiligo treated?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is autoimmune and hence there is no cure. Many treatments may help though such as light tx, laser tx. Skin grafting and steroids or other creams. ...Read more

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Can vitiligo be temporary?

Vitiligo: It is mostly a persistent condition but can be treated, depending on its extent, a dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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How can you cure 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 more

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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, (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. ...Read more

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Is vitiligo possible in baby?

Is vitiligo possible in baby?

This happens, but...: Vitiligo in an infant is extremely rare. Average age of onset is 20yo. If this is truly a diagnostic consideration for a child with hypopigmentation, the child should be seen by an expert in this area to confirm the diagnosis and to consider alternative differential diagnoses. Because we don't know what causes vitiligo, diagnosis is clinical, making it all the more important to be certain. ...Read more

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What does vitiligo look like?

Loss of color: It is an area of the skin that has lost color (pigment) . The area will not tan. ...Read more

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What to do if I have vitiligo?

What to do if I have vitiligo?

Go on living!: Hi. Vitiligo will not hurt you, unless you forget to put sunscreen over it for a day in the sun! ;-) Sometimes it clusters with other autoimmune diseases, so if your health status changes, see your doc! Good luck! ...Read more

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How to stop vitiligo expansion?

Tough: I recommend seeing a dermatologist. There are some treatments which may help stop progression of lesion, though there is not a treatment that is 100% effective in all patients. ...Read more

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Vitiligo can pass over generation?

Vitiligo Inheritance: Vitiligo sometimes runs in families, but the inheritance pattern is complex since multiple causative factors are involved. About one-fifth of people with this condition have at least one close relative who is also affected. ...Read more