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Symptoms - Vitiligo, Heart Palpitations, Fatigue and Tiredness. Hormones: fT4 - 1.3 ng/dl - Norm TSH - 10.1 uIU/ml - H Hypo or Hyperthyroidism? Or...

Symptoms - Vitiligo, Heart Palpitations, Fatigue and Tiredness.
Hormones: 
fT4 - 1.3 ng/dl - Norm
TSH - 10.1 uIU/ml - H
Hypo or Hyperthyroidism? Or...

Depends on the lab: but if the lab values are normal... then it might not be a thyroid problem. You would expect all the labs to be abnormal and quite a bit abnormal if the condition is present for a while and serious. Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health ...Read more

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 the early symptoms of vitiligo starting out?

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

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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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What does vitiligo look like?

Loss of color: It is an area of the skin that has lost color (pigment) . The area will not tan. ...Read more

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What to do if I have vitiligo?

What to do if I have vitiligo?

Go on living!: Hi. Vitiligo will not hurt you, unless you forget to put sunscreen over it for a day in the sun! ;-) Sometimes it clusters with other autoimmune diseases, so if your health status changes, see your doc! Good luck! ...Read more

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How to stop vitiligo expansion?

Tough: I recommend seeing a dermatologist. There are some treatments which may help stop progression of lesion, though there is not a treatment that is 100% effective in all patients. ...Read more

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Vitiligo can pass over generation?

Vitiligo Inheritance: Vitiligo sometimes runs in families, but the inheritance pattern is complex since multiple causative factors are involved. About one-fifth of people with this condition have at least one close relative who is also affected. ...Read more

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What can be used to heal vitiligo?

What can be used to heal vitiligo?

Vitiligo: Healing vitiligo is not easy and you need to see a specialist about this. To prepare yourself you should look up "vitiligo" in an article from the Mayo Clinic. "www.mayoclinic.org" ...Read more

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Help me out here: what is vitiligo?

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

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What can I do to treat my vitiligo?

Dermatologist: A dermatologist can examine you and depending on the extent of the vitiligo can offer different types of treatment. See one in your area. ...Read more

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How do u know when u have vitiligo?

Pigment loss: When the skin pigment is lost from your skin surface and the area turns white, it is called vitiligo. The causes can be many and it may also be a hint that you may have an autoimmune disease(thyroid etc). However most vitiligo cases are mainly cosmetic. ...Read more