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Dr. Ayyaz Shah
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Vitiligo (Definition)

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which affected individuals have hypopigmented ...Read more


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My 57 yr. Old brother has vitiglio. Is it contageous? No ins. On hands, face, back. What should he do? Also, trembling hands.

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My 57 yr. Old brother has vitiglio. Is it contageous? No ins. On hands, face, back.  What should he do? Also, trembling hands.

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is not an infection and not contagious. However there is other condition that can cause decrease pigmentation in colored skin person-mimicking vitiligo -like pytiriasis multiforme- that has to be ruled out as p.Multiforme is contagious. Vitiligo does not really need to be treated. In regard to the trembling hands- he should see his doctor and perhaps neurologist to find out the cause. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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Hi i m Ayesha i m suffering from vitiligo since two years plz suggest me some medicine n ointments. i m breastfeeding my child?

Hi i m Ayesha i m suffering from vitiligo since two years plz suggest me some medicine n ointments. i m breastfeeding my child?

How extensive?: Details matter. See a dermatologist. There is increased risk of other autoimmune disorders, especially Hashimoto thyroiditis. Easiest approach is to relax and prepare to explain to others that it is not contagious nor due to anything you can control. You can use fake tan to darken the pale areas. ...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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Is there a way to cure vitiligo on the face?

Is there a way to cure vitiligo on the face?

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 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, 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

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more