Vitiligo

 

 

Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin.  Most people with vitiligo have white patches on many areas of the body.

Causes of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is caused by a loss of pigment in the skin, due to destruction of pigment-forming cells called melanocytes. The exact cause of the destruction of these cells is not known. One possible explanation might be that is is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys the cells.  Although it is more noticeable in dark-skinned people, people of all races are affected by this condition.

 Treatment Options for Vitiligo

There is no known way to prevent or cure vitiligo, however, certain methods can be used to improve the appearance.  These options include:

  • Corticosteroid creams
  • De-pigmentation
  • Narrowband UVB
    • Helps to re-pigment cells with minimal to no side effects.  This is done 2-3 times weekly and is typically used on patients with large surface area.
  • Re-pigmentation using UV light therapy- XTRAC Excimer laser.
    • Excimer laser treatment involves exposing the skin to a beam of focused laser light. It is most commonly used for small areas of depigmentation. Treatment is recommended 2-3 times weekly

Those that suffer with vitiligo should always protect their skin against excessive sun exposure.  It is recommended that you always wear protective clothing, stay out of the sun at peak periods, and apply sunscreen every 2 hours.

 

Set up your consultation to discuss the best treatment option for you at 208-522-SKIN (7546). 

 

 

 

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