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Vitiligo is curable?

Vitiligo is curable?

No: Some studies showed that uvb-nb phototherapy may restore the pigments but we don't know how long this restoration will last . Even more important, it is the cause for the vitiligo which determines whether it will get worse. Note that vitiligo may well be a manifestation of an autoimmune disease. ...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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What are differential diagnoses for lichen sclerosis without white spots?and alternative treatment methods for lichen sclerosis? Allergic to Dermovate

What are differential diagnoses for lichen sclerosis without white spots?and alternative treatment methods for lichen sclerosis? Allergic to Dermovate

Diagnosis: Lichen sclerosis is a diagnosis. Differential diagnoses are the possible diagnoses for a set of symptoms. To give you a differential diagnosis we would need to know your symptoms. The definitive diagnosis of lichen sclerosis is made by biopsy. Hope this helps. ...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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Recent diagnosis w/autoimmune disease & skin biopsy result: urticaria or mast cell disease. Shouldn't biopsy give more definitive diagnosis?

Recent diagnosis w/autoimmune disease & skin biopsy result: urticaria or mast cell disease. Shouldn't biopsy  give more definitive diagnosis?

Hard to tell: Mast cells are the cells that release histamine in the body. This is what happens in urticaria, so one will see mast cells in biopsies of urticarial (hive-like) lesions. Mast cells can also be found in increased numbers in people with mastocytosis. Thus the biopsies may be similar. As stated by my colleague, the clinical history can be key to the diagnosis. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Can preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing work on diagnosising ataxia telangiectasia?

Perhaps: It is a genetic disorder with the parents acting as carriers. Atcp.Org might be a good starting place to investigate genetic counseling prior to conception and try to evaluate your risk. ...Read more

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What is pityriasis versicolor treatment?

What is pityriasis versicolor treatment?

Selsun Blue is: Often effective in treating tinea/pityriasis versicolor, a low-grade skin fungus. Apply as directed. Wash clothes, bedding, bath linens to destroy fungus to prevent recurrence. Be patient: eliminating skin funguses takes time. If otc selsun blue isn't adequate, see doc for rx for selenium sulfide lotion, which has a stronger concentration or the active ingredient. ...Read more

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What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

S L E : Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs.Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues it is treated with steroids and non steroidal anti inflammatory meds, avoid sun and wear protective clothing. Cytotoxic drugs if you do not respond to cortico steroids cytotoxics have side effects need to be monit. ...Read more

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Is a diagnosis of Crohn's disease accurate without biopsy?

Crohn's: it is not completely possible to diagnose Crohn's without biopsy. ...Read more

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What is treatment for vitiligo?

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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Best treatment for lupus anemia?

Best treatment for lupus anemia?

Control the SLE: The best therapy is to control the inflammatory process caused by lupus. ...Read more

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Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

Would an ANA test show lichen schlerosis, vitiligo or hyperthyroidism?

ANA: The ANA test does not relate specifically to thyroid over activity or lichen disorder but can be helpful with vitilogo. An allergist or dermatologist can dive deeply on these. ...Read more

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Please describe the vitamins required for vitiligo treatment?

Please describe the vitamins required for vitiligo treatment?

None: Vitiligo is believed to be an autoimmune disease of the skin and is not treated with vitamins, consult a dermatologist for best advice on this disease. ...Read more

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What treatment for psoriasis?

What treatment for psoriasis?

There are many...: ...From topical steroids to vitamin d derivatives to ultraviolet light to methotrexate, cyclosporine, the biologic drugs, and many other options. A lot depends on severity, the areas involved, and how you feel about it. See a dermatologist and get a good evaluation and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. ...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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Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Not any more, mostly: Puva stands for "psoralen plus ultraviolet-a" - you take a drug called psoralen, which sensitizes your skin to long-wave uv light, then you go in a uv light box. It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

What is the treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus?

Less sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids, avoidance of any drug which may have provoked the dle. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more