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Vitiligo Early Signs
Silver white stray hairs in one small area just below the main eyebrow. Early sign of vitiligo?!? Only 26, aunt has vitiligo. Fair South Asian skin.
WHITE HAIR EYEBROW:
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IT IS HARMLESS.
IT CAN BE HEREDITARY.
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NOT TO WORRY! ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Find the cause: Until one knows what may be causing it, one has no way to prevent it. Although vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disorder, the exact cause may never be discovered although treatments are available with variable success rate. Do you suffer from any thyroid disease? See dermatologist if concerned. ...Read more
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
Light spots: Most vitiligo does not cause symptoms other than light spots. Common areas include the fingers, knees, elbows, mouth, eyes, and genitalia, but all skin can be involved. Examination of skin with a black light (or, better yet, a medical grade "wood's lamp") helps show contrast between normally pigmented skin and skin affected by vitiligo. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with Vitiligo. It is in early stage but spots appear everyday. Can I use Ginkgo or Alpha Lipoic acid to stop progression? I'm pregnant
NO NO: Neither of these will be of any benefit for anything. You are foolish to use these, especially during pregnancy. Topical steroid cream is safe to use during pregnancy and MAY reverse vitiligo. If you have a significant emotional problem with vitiligo you can use cover-up cream or skin dye. See a dermatologist for best results. ...Read more
Waxes and wanes:
Medical treatment isn't always necessary for vitiligo if the patches of skin aren't noticeable and are small.
Treatment for vitiligo can take up to 18 months, and you may have to try several different treatment to find the one that works best. A dermatologist can walk you through the treatment options. ...Read more
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, (pimecrolimus) 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
This happens, but...: Vitiligo in an infant is extremely rare. Average age of onset is 20yo. If this is truly a diagnostic consideration for a child with hypopigmentation, the child should be seen by an expert in this area to confirm the diagnosis and to consider alternative differential diagnoses. Because we don't know what causes vitiligo, diagnosis is clinical, making it all the more important to be certain. ...Read more
Loss of pigment: Autoimmune condition that damages pigment producing cells resulting in loss of skin color, can be limited, in form of nerve route, or diffuse. Can occur on face, arms, trunk, or be extensive. Sometines associated in a small number of cases with throidotos. Treatment can be topical medications, narrow band uvb, or excimer laser. Repigmentation difficult in extensive cases. ...Read more
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
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
Protopic or Elidil: These are two creams that may safely be used to treat vitiligo. It is very dependent on where the vitiligo is. Lesions on the face respond much better than other areas on the body. In addition, treatment with narrow band ultra-violet therapy works well. Or treatments with an excimer laser may give excellent results. Some vitamins may help but no scientific data is available. ...Read more
Vitiligo: Phototherapy, a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. A dermatologist performs this treatment. Medicines applied to the skin, such as: corticosteroid creams or ointments, immunosuppressant creams or ointments, such as pimecrolimus (e), methoxsalen, skin graft, and lastly, several cover-up makeups or skin dyes can mask vitiligo. ...Read more
Maybe Ginkgo biloba?: In a single report, parsad d, et al (clin exp dermatol. 2003 may;28 (3):285-7) demonstrated efficacy of oral ginkgo biloba in treating limited, slowly spreading vitiligo. A report in mice demonstrated efficacy of a mixture of vitamins (a, c, e), zinc & selenium. All of these agents have antioxidant effects. Preliminary stuff but worth a try. Avoid excessive zinc & selenium - that can get toxic. ...Read more
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
Two things that are important to do for a person with vitiligo:
1. Protect skin from sun exposure. Areas of vitiligo have no melanin to protect them from damaging sun rays. Also a sunburn can cause new areas of vitiligo to appear.
2. Protect skin from trauma. Just like sunburn, trauma (scratches, etc) can cause vitiligo to appear on normal skin. This is known as koebner phenomenon. ...Read more
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