Vitiligo treatment

Vitiligo is a common acquired condition in which melanocytes (pigment cells) are destroyed leading to irregularly shaped white patches on the skin. It affects all races but is more obvious in dark skinned races.

Treatment is possible for vitiligo even though these are usually slow and gradual. Certain areas such as the face usually respond well to treatment. Other areas may take longer. Camouflage treatments can be used concomitantly with medical treatments to help disguise the condition. The latter includes prescription creams (potent topical corticosteroids plus calcineurin inhibitors), phototherapy, and some surgical or grafting procedures.

Typically, the most effective treatment is a combination of topical treatments with narrowband UVB phototherapy. Phototherapy needs to be continued for two to three times a week for a minimum of three months to be effective. At Queensland Specialist Dermatology, the cost of the phototherapy is completely covered by Medicare.

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