Vitiligo

Below you will find more information about Vitiligo from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Vitiligo it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Vitiligo and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Vitiligo comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Vitiligo is a rare skin condition characterized by the loss by color pigmentation of the areas of skin resulting to an irregular white patching. It is associated with systematic diseases like the Pernicous anemia, hyperthyroidism and Addison's disease.

Diagnosis

Usually an examination conducted by the physician is sufficient to confirm the diagnosis of the medical condition. However, blood testing to check thyroid levels and other hormones and skin biopsy may also be used to confirm or rule out other causes of loss of skin pigmentation.

Treatment

Early treatments includes exposure to intense narrow-band UVB therapy (Tanghetti EA (2003). "Tacrolimus ointment 0.1% produces repigmentation in patients with vitiligo: results of a prospective patient series". Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner 71 (2): 158-62) Oral intake of trimethylpsoralen and adminsitration of corticosteroid creams, Immuno suppressant like pimecrolumus and tacrolimus and by the use of repigmenting agents such as the methoxsalen or the oxsoralen (Kwinter J, Pelletier J, Khambalia A, Pope E (2007). "High-potency steroid use in children with vitiligo: a retrospective study". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 56 (2): 236-41).

Symptoms and Signs

Signs of this skin condition includes the sudden or gradual appearance of flat areas of a rather normal kin with complete loss of pigmentation. Lesions appear in that flat areas with no pigment and darker border are seen and its edges are irregular and sharply defined. It is commonly seen in the face, elbows hands, feet and the genitalia.

Causes

Vitiligo is said to be an acquired condition. Its cause is unknown but there are those who considered autoimmunity as a probable cause.

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