What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo presents as pink to white patches on the skin where there has been a loss of pigment.
What is the cause of vitiligo?
Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system attacks its own pigment cells (melanocytes). There is a family history of vitiligo or other autoimmune conditions.
What is the treatment of vitiligo?
An initial consultation by a Dermatologist is required to make an assessment and discuss treatment.
Treatment options offered in the clinic include:
i) creams such as topical steroids and calcineurin inhibitors
ii) oral medications, in case of severe and rapidly spreading vitiligo
iii) Phototherapy or Excimer laser in selected cases, which can be assessed during the consultation (we have to decide re ?renting one of these etc)
iv) Surgical treatment such as punch graft or melanocyte transfer can be offered in carefully selected cases, which will be assessed during consultation (we have to discuss these as well, punch graft can be done in present setting but for melanocyte transfer may have to buy kit etc)