Embarrassed by your vitiligo? If you suffer from a chronic skin disorder that causes blotchy white patches of skin to appear on various parts of your body, you are not alone. Nearly 2 million people in the United States have vitiligo. It is not distinguished by a certain race or gender, but this skin condition does tend to develop before the age of 40.
What Causes Vitiligo?
While the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, most experts agree that it is an autoimmune condition that attacks the body’s cells that are responsible for making pigment (color) in the skin. The white patches of vitiligo often develop on sun-exposed areas of the body such as hands, arms, face and lips. However, they can also appear in the armpits, groin, navel and feet.
How is Vitiligo Treated?
Finding a certified dermatologist who is qualified and experienced in treating vitiligo is your first step. Spectrum Dermatology has helped countless patients in Atlanta with effective treatments based on the severity of your condition. Our advanced treatment options to reduce uneven pigmentation and the appearance of vitiligo include:
- Autoimmune medications
- Phototherapy (Light therapy)
- Depigmentation therapy
It may also be necessary to alter your lifestyle habits. Sun protection and dietary changes can help reduce and manage vitiligo flare-ups.
At Spectrum Dermatology, we understand that vitiligo is a disruptive skin condition that often carries negative psychological and social implications. However, we invite you to explore your options for vitiligo treatment using today’s latest skin care technology and other non-invasive therapies. We believe all patients deserve to be confident in their skin!