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What is Vitiligo?
Is Vitiligo a Contagious Disease?
Who Can Get Vitiligo?
Just about anyone is at risk for developing vitiligo. It’s affects all races and both genders. However, there are certain factors which can increase your chances of developing vitiligo. Generally, those who have autoimmune conditions within the family are at greater risk of developing vitiligo.
How Common is Vitiligo?
What is The Cause of Vitiligo?
What Are The Symptoms of Vitiligo?
How is Vitiligo Diagnosed?
Vitiligo is usually diagnosed by a doctor after a physical examination followed by inspection of the patient’s medical history. A blood test or biopsy may also done in order to rule out other possibilities.
How Do You Treat Vitiligo?
There are many conventional treatment methods for vitiligo including: oral corticosteroids, topical corticosteroids, UV light therapy, skin grafting, skin tattooing, and skin depigmentation of the surrounding skin.
How Effective Are Conventional Treatment Methods for Vitiligo?
There are both pros and cons of conventional medical treatments for vitiligo, however, none of these methods can produce guaranteed results.
Steroids may improve the condition of the skin when used long-term; however, this is generally not recommended because of the side effects associated with long term use.
Although it can be effective to a certain extent, light therapy is very costly, time consuming and can carry a risk of skin burn, eye damage, and increased susceptibility to skin cancer.
Skin grafting is very effective in theory, but in reality, it can have many complications including: rejection of the grafted skin, infection, and cobblestone effect (an abnormal appearance of the skin)