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Dr. Ayyaz Shah
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Vitiligo (Overview)

Vitiligo = autoimmune disease which destroys melanocytes resulting in skin that lacks pigment.


Dr. Ayyaz Shah
317 Doctors shared insights

Vitiligo (Overview)

Vitiligo = autoimmune disease which destroys melanocytes resulting in skin that lacks pigment.


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How does laser treatment for vitiligo work?

How does laser treatment for vitiligo work?

UVB light: Laser therapy is an effective treatment for vitiligo, although impractical for the treatment of widespread or large lesions, since it is focused on small, targeted areas. Combination with topical therapies can be helpful. The laser emits ultraviolet light which somehow interferes with the autoimmune process that may be destroying the melanocytes (which give us our skin pigmentation). ...Read more

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Vitiligo (Tip)

Vitiligo can be "segmental" and only affect one side of the body. ...See more

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Treating Vitiligo (Checklist)

Get tested for autoimmune thyroiditis
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Cover your white areas with makeup, as cosmetics can effectively conceal pigmentation issues
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Ask a dermatologist if you are a candidate for light or laser therapy
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Try taking ginkgo biloba supplements
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Symptoms - Vitiligo, Heart Palpitations, Fatigue and Tiredness. Hormones: fT4 - 1.3 ng/dl - Norm TSH - 10.1 uIU/ml - H Hypo or Hyperthyroidism? Or...

Symptoms - Vitiligo, Heart Palpitations, Fatigue and Tiredness. Hormones: fT4 - 1.3 ng/dl - Norm TSH - 10.1 uIU/ml - H Hypo or Hyperthyroidism? Or...

Depends on the lab: But if the lab values are normal... then it might not be a thyroid problem. You would expect all the labs to be abnormal and quite a bit abnormal if the condition is present for a while and serious.

Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health ...Read more

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Vitiligo (Tip)

Do seek a doctors help if you have patches of white skin. ...See more

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What are the different signs of vitiligo?

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

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Can a pediatrician diagnose vitiligo in infants?

Maybe: This process rarely prevents in infants or early childhood. Its peak incidence in in the ten-eighteen year age group. A condition called piebaldism is usually evident at birth and other types of under pigmented lesions are also possible in infancy. ...Read more

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If you have a very light white patch on your face does it mean you have vitiligo? Doe tinea versicolor appear on face?

Maybe, maybe not: Vitiligo is the complete absence of pigment in an area of skin. Tinea versicolor often shows a light patch of skin but it still contains pigment. There are other conditions such as ash-leaf spots that exist. A doctor should evaluate to tease out the differences. ...Read more

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Is vitiligo vulgaris treatable. Does it stops from spreading?

Treatment options...: Medical treatment for vitiligo isn't always needed. Sometimes, skin color returns without treatment. For others, using sunscreen and applying cosmetic camouflage cream may improve the appearance of the skin. For light-skinned persons, avoiding tanning can make the areas almost unnoticeable. Medical therapies include steroids, immunomodulator drugs, ultraviolet light (puva, uvb), skin lightening... ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat vitiligo?

What is the best way to treat vitiligo?

Lasers: Now, to many physicians are using lasers treatment with some good improvement of skin color. And as per patients they are very happy with that possibility to look better and feel better. ...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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Is lacer good for treating vitiligo?

Yes: The excimer laser is good for treating vitiligo especially
of the face, and other small areas such as the hands.
Some insurance companies cover it. Treatments are scheduled ideally 3x/ week for the first 3 weeks. If
responding, it may take 20 - 30 treatments or more.
A topical medication called Protopic or
elidel cream can also help with vitiligo. ...Read more

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What is treatment for vitiligo?

Vitiligao: This is an idiopathic condition that has no universillay accepted treatment. In use are psoralen followed by puva, oxsoralen ultra, pseudo-catalase and calcium followed by uvb, calcipotriene and uvb treatments, surgical grafting with keratinocyte co-cultures, certain 308 excimer laser treatments with or without tacrolimus. Obvious discuss this with your skin doctor as there are even newer treatmen. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for vitiligo?

Many, few work well: Vitiligo is a pigmentary disorder that is considered an autoimmune (auto allergic) condition. Treatments for vitiligo have not progressed much for this reason. These treatments include phototherapy in one form or another, corticosteroids usually in topical form and various other topicals eg dovonex, (calcipotriene) Protopic and many more with less proven efficacy. ...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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What's the best way to get rid of vitiligo?

Vitiligo: Really should see a dermatologist for all options. Many included topicals versus actual tattooing to darken the skin. ...Read more

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Can infliximab induce vitiligo? If not is there another drug that can?

It has been reported: There are very few reports of vitiligo worsening or occurring as a side effect of treating patients with the biologic for other auto-immune diseases. I am unaware of other medications. ...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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Is vitiligo genetic?

Is vitiligo genetic?

Vitiligo: It can be genetic. It can also be seen with other auto-immune diseases such as pernicious anemia, thyroid disease and type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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Can I have a skin tattoo if I have vitiligo (white patches/treatment-meladinine pill/loads of sunlight/Tacroz/Dexona cream)What are the risks involved?

Can I have a skin tattoo if I have vitiligo (white patches/treatment-meladinine pill/loads of sunlight/Tacroz/Dexona cream)What are the risks involved?

Yes: The ink is placed in the dermis (deeper) layer of your skin having vitilago may alter the appearance somewhat but using darker colors would hide that, ...Read more

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He is suffering from vitiligo since 1.5yrs and cont. Under medication with little improvement. Plz. Tell how to prevent further white spotsin the body.

Vitiligo: It is not known what causes vitiligo but it is fairly common and often there is a family history. There is no good therapy for this condition and there is no way to predict how it will or will not progress. There is also no way to really prevent the spread. I would talk with your dermatologist and see if there are other new options. ...Read more

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What food to eat or what food to avoid for vitiligo patient?

What food to eat or what food to avoid for vitiligo patient?

Controversial: The widely held belief in india is that foods that are excessively sour should be avoided by vitiligo patients. These foods include citrus fruits, sour yoghurt, sour pickles etc. The simultaneous consumption of milk and fish is also discouraged. Although there are numerous websites that host dietary advice for vitiligo patients, there is no scientific data to support or refute these beliefs. ...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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