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Vitiligo Over Joints
Been having joint pain and inflammation in all joints. Also been very fatigued. Have vitiligo for over 5 years now.
I have a little vitiligo on my glans that never spreaded with time. Father has psoriasis. Now I have neck and joint pain. Autoimmune disease?
Not necessarily: Most joint pains are not from autoimmune disease but from osteoarthritis. However if the joints involved are swollen and warm, then an autoimmune disease is possible. At this point, if Naproxen relieves the joint problem, you may continue with it. But if the problem gets worse, consult your doctor or a rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr plz tell how to get rid of vitiligo n how to stop .I tried many dermatoligist but can't work n try many ointment to clear the spot plz suggest me s?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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