Vitiligo is pigment disorder in which the pigment producing skin cells (melanocytes) are destroyed resulting in a white patch. It can occur in any body part.
People having vitiligo usually notice white patches on their skin. These patches are more commonly found on areas where body is exposed to the sun, including hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. These patches are usually symptom less. However, mild itching or redness in sun exposure are very common symptoms.
The patch is usually symptomless. However, mild itching or redness on sun exposure are very common symptoms.
Vitiligo generally appears in one of three patterns:
Although the course of vitiligo is unpredictable but some triggering factors are:
Patient must understand that the nature and the course of this disease is unpredictable. A balanced nutritious diet with lots of vitamins and minerals are vital. Avoid stress, physical & chemical damage and other common triggers. Without proper treatment from a dermatologist, it can spread very rapidly and can be extensive, having a negative impact on psycho social aspect of life.
We, at skin & laser centre are expert in treating vitiligo with all the high advance therapies available.
Medical therapy - To halt the further damage and prevent the further extension.
Photo-therapy - Activates the pigment producing cells (melanocytes) and helps to bring the colour back.
Vitiligo surgery - This is usually done in a case of stable vitiligo i.e. if the area of white patch has not increased in size or number since past 3 months. This is very effective for the patches on lips, hands, neck or eyes which are difficult to treat with medical therapy.
Light Therapy - Light therapy consists of exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. This is usually given in the extreme cases, which do not heal with oral medication.
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