Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes a loss of natural pigmentation. Lighter patches of skin will appear. Some people get only a few patches while others lose more of their skin pigmentation. The cause is not known, but it is not a contagious or life-threatening condition. It can be a life-altering event causing low self-esteem and depression; it’s important to understand how to cope with it. We will demystify this condition and offer suggestions for vitiligo treatment.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is the loss of color in the skin and can occur anywhere on the body including the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard. It can also affect eye color, occur inside the mouth and on the genitals. The skin can lighten or turn completely white. Others have no symptoms.
Who Gets Vitiligo?
Many people see symptoms before the age of 21 and will have the condition for the rest of their lives. It affects people of all races and skin colors. The risk of getting vitiligo increases with those who are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease or alopecia areata.
What Causes Vitiligo?
When cells called melanocytes, which give our skin and hair color, die, vitiligo develops. It is not completely understood why this occurs, but one type can be caused by an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease develops when the body thinks part of it is foreign and attacks it and kills the cells. There is another type that develops when the nervous system malfunctions.
What are the Vitiligo Treatment Options?
If our dermatologist feels you may have vitiligo, we will review your medical history to see if it is hereditary and perform a skin examination. You may also be asked for a blood test to check your thyroid. Thyroid disease can be treated successfully to control it.
Vitiligo treatment options can be discussed with our dermatologist. The goal is to restore skin color that has been lost. The types of treatment you have will depend on your health, preference, and age, as well as where it appears on the body.
No one vitiligo treatment works for everyone. But the good news is there are many options to consider. Make sure to see a licensed professional such as the experts at Regeneris Boston to find your best treatment options. We have offices in North Attleboro, Raynham, and Westwood. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get started.