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Vitiligo
What is Vitiligo?

Patients with vitiligo develop white spots in the skin that vary in size and location. The spots
occur when pigment cells, or melanocytes, are destroyed and the pigment melanin can no longer
be produced. Melanocytes normally occur throughout the skin and in the hair follicles, mouth,
eyes, and some parts of the central nervous system. In vitiligo, pigment cells can be lost in any
of these areas. Common sites of pigment loss are:
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Exposed areas: hands, face, upper part of the chest
Around body openings: eyes, nostrils, mouth, nipples, umbilicus, genitalia
Body folds: arm pits, groin
Sites of injury: cuts, scrapes, burns
Hair: early graying of hair of the scalp, beard or other areas
Area immediately surrounding pigmented moles
Choroid of the eye

The Vitiligo Foundation:

The foundation was established in September 1985 in Tyler, Texas as a fully qualified non-profit
tax exempt charitable foundation.
Objectives of the foundation:
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To locate, inform and counsel vitiligo patients and their families.
To increase public awareness and concern for the vitiligo patient.
To broaden the concern for the patient within the medical community.
To encourage, promote and fund increased scientific and clinical research on the cause,
treatment and ultimate cure of vitiligo.
To establish a central vitiligo center and local treatment facilities.
National Vitiligo Foundation
611 South Fleishel
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-531-0074
Fax: 903-525-1234
Email: info@nvfi.org
Web: www.nvfi.org

Treatment:

The course of the disease is unpredictable. It is unusual to regain significant color
spontaneously. Treatment options include:
1. Topical steroids: These may help re-pigment small areas. They can thin the skin
however.

The Face and Skin Center at University of Mississippi Health Care • 601-815-3374 • www.thefaceandskincenter.com

Vitamins: Folic acid 2mg orally twice a day and Vitamin C 500mg twice a day with 1ml of Vitamin B12 every two weeks has been helpful in some patients.) 6. The Face and Skin Center at University of Mississippi Health Care • 601-815-3374 • www. For Questions or Emergency Care: Call the office at 601-815-3374. 3. Aspirin: Some studies in adults have shown an aspirin a day may be helpful. 8. The color lasts for a few weeks. Coloring agents: Vitadye and self-tanning products can be obtained at the drug store and applied to the white patches to darken them. 4. It requires a significant time commitment and has potential side effects. You may need to speak with the doctor on-call. Aspirin should not be given to anyone under 12 years of age. (It often requires a year or more of twice weekly treatments.thefaceandskincenter. Light therapy: This may be used in older children and adults. 7.2. For children: Sunscreen and cover-up measures are usually the best therapy.com . Cover-up makeup: Dermablend or Covermark can be obtained at the drugstore or department store. Sunscreens: Sunscreen prevents tanning of normal skin and minimizes the contrast between tanned skin and the white patches. 5.