How close are we to a cure for vitiligo?

How close are we to a cure for vitiligo?

It’s unlikely we’ll have a cure for vitiligo, but there are promising treatment options currently being studied. You can find information on clinical trials here. The treatment that holds the biggest hope is the biologic anti-IL-15 monoclonal antibody, currently in clinical trials.

Can I stop vitiligo from spreading?

There is currently no cure for vitiligo and no way to prevent the condition. If a person decides to pursue treatment, the aim is generally to restore pigment and prevent depigmentation from affecting more skin. Limiting sun exposure is one of the most effective ways to prevent depigmentation and damage.

How many people in the world have vitiligo?

Somewhere between 0.5 percent and 2.0 percent of the global population has vitiligo, a disorder that affects pigmentation of the skin. With this condition, the cells that make the skin’s pigment, called melanocytes, are destroyed. This results in white blotchy patches, and vitiligo treatment can take quite a while to work.

Are there any natural ways to treat vitiligo?

When other vitiligo treatments have failed, skin grafting, blister grafting, and tattooing may be recommended. These are significant surgeries and side effects for these procedures can be serious including permanent scarring, a cobblestone appearance and infection.

What happens to the melanocytes in vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder where melanocytes, the cells responsible for providing the color of our skin, hair, and eyes, are destroyed. The result is white patches of skin intermingling with normal skin tones.

What causes a person to have root vitiligo?

Autoimmune diseases including Addison’s disease, thyroid disease, pernicious anemia and diabetes are believed to be root vitiligo causes. ( 3) However, some studies indicate people diagnosed with this condition are often deficient in certain vitamins like B12, folic acid, copper and zinc.

How can you tell if someone has vitiligo?

Maybe you’ll think this is cool, and want to find one. . . When a patient has vitiligo, the Wood’s light makes all of the white spots fluoresce bright white, making them clearly visible in contrast to the normal skin color, even if the normal skin is very pale.

Where does vitiligo occur on the human body?

The disorder causes the skin to lose its natural color, which results in patches of lighter skin that can appear anywhere on the head or body (though they are most common on sun-exposed areas such as the face, upper chest, backs of the hands, arms, and feet).

How does universal vitiligo affect the hands and feet?

It can affect the face and hands/feet, which is called acrofacial vitiligo. Universal vitiligo means that most of the skin has lost its pigment as vitiligo has spread all over, usually we reserve this term for when at least 80% is affected.

Is it true that white spots are not vitiligo?

That’s about it for true white spots! If the spots are not truly white, but hypopigmented and not depigmented (they don’t enhance by Wood’s lamp), then they are NOT vitiligo and could be any number of different diseases and conditions. I’ll list a few of the most common ones here.