VITILIGO (White Patches)

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Irregular white patches that feel like normal skin due to loss of brown colour (pigment) from areas of skin called Vitiligo (white patch or SAFED DAAG). Vitiligo appears to crop up when immune cells demolish the cells that fabricate brown pigment (melanocytes). This devastation is thought to be due to an autoimmune problem, but the definite cause is unknown. Vitiligo appears as taboo or stigma although it does not cause any health problem.

Vitiligo most frequently affects the face, elbows and knees, hands and feet, and genitals and it may appear at any age also some families has an increased rate of condition. Vitiligo affects both sides of body equally and more noticeable in darker-skinned people because of the contrast of white patches.


It is often difficult to treat and an early treatment options are following-

  • Phototherapy - A dermatologist performed medical treatment where your skin is cautiously exposed to ultraviolet light. It may be given alone, or after being taken a drug that makes your skin sensitive to light.
  • Pigmentation - Skin may be grafted from normally pigmented areas and placed onto areas where there is stain loss. The white portion of skin is rubbed off or peeled of very ostensibly and a very slight skin graft contacting only the top most layer of skin with melanin pigment is applied over that. This is the most suitable method of treatment of vitiligo. But vitiligo must be stabled for at least 2-years for any surgical treatment to be constructive or effective. Small vitiligo can be directly excised and closed using very fine stitches to make it almost invisible.
  • Several cover-up makeups (water proof skin colors) can mask vitiligo.
  • In extreme cases when most of the body is exaggerated, the left over skin that still has pigment may be de-pigmented to provide a uniform color to the skin. This is a permanent change that is used as a last resort.
Most Important to keep in mind that skin without pigment is at larger risk for sun damage. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB), high-SPF sunscreen or sunblock and use suitable safeguards against sun exposure.

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If you have questions, or if you would like to find out if you may be a good candidate for White Patch Removal(Vitiligo) please contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reetesh Purwar.