Millions of people worldwide have vitiligo, and it affects males and females equally. If you have this condition or believe that you do, please visit us. Our dermatology specialists can accurately diagnose you and provide you with the optimal treatment needed.
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a relatively common disorder causing loss of pigment in the skin. The etiology of vitiligo is unknown and there is no cure; however, it is thought to be an autoimmune condition. 25% to 50% percent of people with vitiligo have a family member affected by the disorder. Apart from the loss of pigments in the skin, there are no other symptoms associated with vitiligo. Vitiligo is not contagious.
Treatment for vitiligo is often multi-factorial. Topical corticosteroids and topical calcineurin inhibitors are first line therapies for localized disease. Depending on how rapidly the vitiligo is spreading, oral corticosteroids may also be recommended by our dermatology team.
We also recommend limited light therapy through a window to affected areas daily. Additional light therapies and autologous grafting therapies may be added for persistent disease. Research is still being done on new ways to treat vitiligo, and even possibly restore some color to the skin.