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Is There a Vitiligo Cure?

Treatment Options

The goal of treatment is to restore the function of the skin and to restore color to the white patches. Treatment for vitiligo can take a long time -- it usually must be continued for 6 to 18 months.
The choice of treatment depends on:
  • The number of white patches
  • How widespread the patches are
  • The treatment the patient prefers to use.
Current vitiligo remedies include medical, surgical, and adjunctive therapies (therapies that can be used along with surgical or medical treatments).
Medical Vitiligo Treatment
Medical treatments include:
  • Medicines (such as steroid creams) that you put on the skin
  • Medicines that you take by mouth
  • Combining a medicine plus ultraviolet A (UVA) light (PUVA)
  • Removing the color from other areas so that they match the white patches.
Surgical Vitiligo Treatment
Surgical treatments include:
  • Skin grafts from a person's own tissues. The doctor takes skin from one area of a patient's body and attaches it to another area; this is sometimes used for people with small patches of vitiligo.
  • Tattooing small areas of skin.
Other Treatments for Vitiligo
Other treatments include:
  • Sunscreens
  • Cosmetics, such as makeup or dye, to cover the white patches
  • Counseling and support.
Some treatments for vitiligo are not right for everyone. Many treatments can have unwanted side effects. Each patient responds differently to therapy, and a particular treatment may not work for everyone. Your doctor can describe your treatment options and the expected results of each. Together, you and your doctor can develop a treatment plan that meets your medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate treatment for vitiligo is a decision that ideally involves the patient and healthcare team.

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