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Vitiligo

Vitiligo cause white patches to appear on the skin. The white patches commonly occur on the hands feet, face, and lips. However, they can appear anywhere on the body.

Arizona Advanced Dermatology is one of the few centers that offer the latest break through in treating vitiligo - - the excimer laser.  For more information follow the link - excimer laser

Other treatments include:
  • Medicines (such as topical corticosteroids) that you put on the skin
  • PUVA, a treatment that combines medicine with ultraviolet A (UVA) light
  • Removing the color from other areas so they match the white patch
  • Skin grafts from a person's own tissues. The doctor takes skin from one area of a patient's body and attaches it to another area. This is sometimes used for people with small patches of vitiligo.
Some treatments are not right for everyone. Many can have unwanted side effects. Treatments can take a long time, and sometimes they don't work.
The cause is not known. Vitiligo may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body. In vitiligo, the immune system may destroy the melanocytes in the skin (these are the cells that make the pigment in your skin called melanin).  When attacked, they can no longer make pigment in normal amounts.

It is also possible that one or more genes may make a person more likely to get the disorder.

Some researchers think that the melanocytes destroy themselves. Others think that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress can cause vitiligo. But these events have not been proven to cause vitiligo.
In the United States, 1 to 2 million people have the disorder. Most people with vitiligo develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects all races and both sexes equally.

People with certain autoimmune diseases (such as hyperthyroidism) are more likely to get vitiligo than people who don't have any autoimmune diseases. Scientists do not know why vitiligo is connected with these diseases. However, most people with vitiligo have no other autoimmune disease.

Vitiligo may also run in families. Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. However, most children will not get vitiligo even if a parent has it.

People with vitiligo often have hair that turns gray early. Those with dark skin may notice a loss of color inside their mouths.
There is no way to tell if vitiligo will spread. For some people, the white patches do not spread. But often the white patches will spread to other areas of the body. For some people, vitiligo spreads slowly, over many years. For others, spreading occurs quickly. Some people have reported more white patches after physical or emotional stress.
When you have vitiligo, you may be upset or depressed about the change in your appearance. You can do several things to cope with the disorder:
  • Learn about the disorder and treatment choices. This can help you make decisions about your treatment.
  • Talk with other people who have vitiligo. A vitiligo group can help you find a support group (check your local listings). Family and friends are another source of support.
  • Find a counselor if you need further support.
Some people with vitiligo have found that cosmetics that cover the white patches improve their appearance and help them feel better about themselves. A person may need to try several brands of concealing cosmetics before finding the product that works best.


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