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Is it safe to use methoxsalen topical for treating vitiligo in children?

Is it safe to use methoxsalen topical for treating vitiligo in children?

No: It is easy to burn with topical methoxaslen and it is better to use narrow band uvb or excimer laser alone. ...Read more

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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Hi docs, would my children have vitiligo if both parents have it?

Hi docs, would my children have vitiligo if both parents have it?

Not necessarily: Vitiligo is very rare; only about 1% of the world's population has it. We really don't know what causes vitiligo, but it does appear to be at least partially genetic. 20-30% of patients with vitiligo have a family member with the disorder, but we we don't know enough to predict if a child will get it, even if both parents have it. ...Read more

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What causes vitiligo?

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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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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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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Can vitiligo be temporary?

Vitiligo: It is mostly a persistent condition but can be treated, depending on its extent, a dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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How can you cure vitiligo?

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

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How can I reverse vitiligo?

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

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Is vitiligo possible in baby?

Is vitiligo possible in baby?

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

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