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Vitiligo Skin Treatment
I had vitiligo when I was 18, it was cured within a few months treatment, now m 24 my skin doesn't show any patches, can this condition come back?
Can I have a skin tattoo if I have vitiligo(white patches/treatment-meladinine pill/loads of sunlight/Tacroz/Dexona cream)What are the risks involved?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rule out underlying: Some cases of vitiligo (a minority) are caused by an underlying medical condition. It is important to rule out those conditions, since treating them will often stop the vitiligo. Assuming there is no underlying condition, tacrolimus ointment, corticosteroid creams, and intralesional steroid injections are pretty much the only options at the present time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limited: Oral vitamins including b complex, vitamin c and Folic Acid along with ginkgo biloba are sometimes helpful in repigmentation skin. However localized vitiligo is best treated with phototherapy such as narrow band uvb. There are home units available by prescription form a dermatologist if multiple office visits is not practical. ...Read more
Skin grafting: For stable vitiligo (patients with no new spots for more than 2 years) there is the option of skin grafting. Success rates vary but many patients will see improvement with the removal of normal skin usually from the thigh and grafting of that normal skin to areas of vitiligo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: There are many treatments for vitiligo. Lesions on the face and neck respond the best. Lesions on the hands and feet take longer and sometimes don't respond. There is the excimer laser, light therapy like puva and nbuvb, topical creams like Protopic and minor surgery as skin grafting. Some vitamins and some eastern herbs are noted to help but have had little success in my experience. ...Read more
Vitiligo: Best if you would see your primary doctor and a dermatologist. They will guide you through. ...Read more
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