If the above concerns are true then don’t worry as here our expert board certified dermatologist Dr Shweta explains everything you need to know about vitiligo and also offers some treatment options so that you can live your life happily again.
The causes due to which vitiligo occurs are as follows
However your dermatologist can also use an instrument having Ultra-violet light called as Wood’s lamp to confirm if you have vitiligo and not other similar skin conditions such as albinism,psoriasis,tinea versicolor ,pytiriasis alba,nevus depigmentosus,nevus anemicus,tuberus sclerosis,waardenburg syndrome,oculo cutaneous albinism, lichen striatus,leprosy,post-klaazar dermal leschminiasis,pinta,polymorphous light eruption, contact depigmentation,lichen sclerosus et atrophicus, down’s syndrome, celiac disease and topical steroid abuse which forms the differential diagnosis
The symptoms of vitiligo can start to affect a small area or can affect very large areas.
Sometimes people experience itching before the skin starts to lose color.
The hallmark signs are
Vitiligo is a rare phenomenon and is seen in about 1 to 2% of the population.
Vitiligo is classified according to the pattern in which it appears on your body or its appearance and the areas it affects for example
A variety of methods are used for vitiligo treatment which include
In case the phototherapy methods have failed to show results then surgical options are available. These include
Before proceeding, consult your dermatologist if you have any concerns or questions. Your dermatologist can assist you in determining the cause of your skin problem and can help also is assessing which type of vitiligo treatment is right for you. Your dermatologist can then develop a treatment plan that is right for you. That one visit could make a significant difference in your quality of life for years to come. If you and your dermatologist agree that procedure is the best choice for you; your dermatologist will devise a tailor made treatment plan exclusively for you. If you have taken any kind of previous skin related treatment, be sure to tell your dermatologist about that before the treatment begins.
A. Vitiligo cannot be cured but it can be managed well by taking appropriate treatments by consulting a board certified dermatologist.
A. It was seen that when patients took folic acid and vitamin B12 in conjunction with subsequent receiving of sunlight then in 64% of cases the spread of white patches stopped completely.Repigmentation was also seen after this treatment.
A. Though it cannot cause any serious issues but other skin areas can get involved and the patches may spread in extensive areas of the body. This can cause anxiety and social withdrawal due to the way the person looks.
A. Backed by research these foods were found to be helpful in this condition. These are bananas, apples, figs and dates, chickpeas, leafy greens, beets, carrots and radishes.
A. Follow these tips if you don’t want your vitiligo to get worse.
A. It is safe to get vaccinated as only a part of your immune system attacks and not the whole system.Getting a vaccine would not make your vitiligo worse.
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