What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes you to lose skin color in patches. It can affect any area of skin on your body. It affects people of all skin tones but is more pronounced in people who have darker skin. Although vitiligo is not contagious or life-threatening, it can be concerning because it affects your appearance. Vitiligo occurs when the pigment producing cells, called melanocytes, stop producing pigment.
Causes of vitiligo
Vitiligo occurs when your melanocytes, cells that produce the color in your skin, hair and eyes, stop producing melanin or die. When this happens, blotches of your skin can become white or lighten. Although the cause of why the melanocytes die is unknown, it may be related to the following factors:
- A disorder that causes your immune system to destroy melanocytes in the skin
- Family history of vitiligo
- Trigger such as sunburn, stress or chemical exposure
Symptoms of vitiligo
- Presence of lighter patches or depigmented areas of the skin that typically appear on the extremities — hands, face and wrists. The patches are more pronounced in areas around the eyes, mouth, nostrils and genitalia. They start small but grow and change shape as the disease progresses.
- Premature graying of hair on scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.
- Change or loss of color in the retina (the inner layer of the eye).
- Itching before a new patch develops on the skin.
- Topical Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid creams or ointments
- Immunomodulators: Immunosuppressant creams or ointments
- Phototherapy: Phototherapy is a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light – UVA / UVB / Excimer laser. This therapy can be done by itself or after taking a drug that sensitizes your skin to light.
- Autologous Skin Graft: Skin may be moved (grafted) from normally pigmented areas and placed onto areas where there is pigment loss.
- Cover-Up Make-Up: Several cover-up make-up or skin dyes can mask vitiligo.
- Medical Tattooing: by using medical gradient dyes are used for semi-permanent / permanentCosmetic Tattooing over stable, small patches of vitiligo. It has given excellent results for isolated lip vitiligo cases.
- Treatments are performed using modern equipment and sophisticated machinery, which makes the procedures highly result-oriented. All the services are safe for the human skin and have gained the approval of USFDA. Now the white patch patients can hope to obtain great results based upon the dedication of our team. Each patient is treated by Dr. Mahendra Vaghasiya, Surat’s best and experienced Vitiligo doctor, who guides the trained staff to take care of the patient.
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For appointment or any question contact us to make an appointment with Surat leading dermatologist Dr Mahendra Vaghasiya. Equipped with many years of experience in treating vitiligo patients, he will evaluate your individual skin condition and discuss the treatment options with you. You may also send an email by filling Enquiry form at https://shrihariskin.com/contact and our team will respond to your questions or appointment request as soon as possible.