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Diseases & Conditions

Treat Vitiligo With Compounded Medication

Vitiligo is a condition which causes the skin to partially lose its color, developing into a blotchy appearance. While vitiligo is not painful or dangerous, and it is not contagious, it can seriously affect a person's appearance. This can lead to problems with emotional and mental health.

Symptoms of Vitiligo

Vitiligo manifests itself as white patches on the skin, particularly in areas that are regularly exposed to the sun. It can even appear inside the mouth and nose, or in the retina of the eyeball. There are three types of the disease:

  • generalized vitiligo, where the patches appear all over the body
  • segmental vitiligo, where the patches appear on only one side of the body
  • localized or focal vitiligo, where the patches appear only on one or a few parts of the body

Vitiligo patches usually appear when the patient is young, before age 20, but it can manifest at any age. On some patients, the patches spread once they appear, but on others they do not. It is not possible to predict whether or not the patches will spread.

Vitiligo can also cause premature graying or whitening of the hair or beard.

Causes of Vitiligo

The cause of vitiligo is unknown. It may be an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own melanocytes. These are the cells that produce melanin, which colors the hair, skin, and eyes. Vitiligo may also be hereditary. Some doctors believe it may be triggered by irritants to the skin, such as sunburn, chemicals, or stress.

Treatment of Vitiligo

While there is no cure for vitiligo, there are oral and topical treatments that can help reduce the appearance of the patches. Ultraviolet light can also be used in conjunction with medicine to change the color of the skin. In some cases, skin grafts from unaffected parts of the body can be used to cover the patches.

Medications to Treat Vitiligo

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Oxoralen
  • Clobex
  • Temovate
  • Protopic

Compounded Medications:
We can make creams, lotions, gels or ointments of the following:

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Methoxsalen
  • Tacrolimus
  • Vitamin D
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA