Doctor insights on: Vitiligo

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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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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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