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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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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

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Which type of vitiligo is non hereditary?

Which type of vitiligo is non hereditary?

Non hereditary forms: Stress associated has been reported and industrial chemical induced by hydroquinone mono methyl ether and to paratertiary-amyl-phenol, ...Read more

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I have vitiligo patches on my lip and palms.(hereditary from maternal grand father) please suggest any good medication.Taking levamisole 100 mg daily.

I have vitiligo patches on my lip and palms.(hereditary from maternal grand father)
please suggest any good medication.Taking levamisole 100 mg daily.

Add corticosteroids: Given your genetic history, it is often important to know the underlying genetic alteration as it helps determine treatment effectiveness. Immune system modifers like levamisole have shown to be very effective. There are studies which show even more improvement with either topical corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids in addition to the levamisole. Also avoid proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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My mom in law hv vitiligo husband don't have.as I know it's heriditory.wat precaution can be taken before pregnancy to avoid it completly?

No but: vitiligo is considered mostly an autoimmune disorder but per se is not hereditary although the tendency of developing autoimmune disease may be. There is no known way to prevent its development other than treating the autoimmune disorder when and if it occurs. Even then, there is no way to tell whether the vitiligo would subside or resolve. I'd not lose sleep over this. ...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

Contagious (Definition)

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