Vitiligo and Phototherapy

Vitiligo  Vitiligo is characterized by loss of pigment in patches of the body. Vitiligo provides little physical discomfort, though it is often quite distressing. Scientists believe that vitiligo may be an autoimmune process in which the body destroys its own pigment.

Phototherapy Treatment Can Effectively Treat Vitiligo  UV light, or phototherapy vitiligo treatment can help create repigmentation. This process is slow, working from the outer edges of each patch inward, so regular phototherapy vitiligo treatment is prescribed. Phototherapy vitiligo treatment may continue twice a week for a year or more. Phototherapy equipment has been well-studied and has been proven to be an effective treatment for vitiligo.

A Few References:

Narrow-band Ultraviolet B is a Useful and Well-Tolerated Treatment for Vitiligo Lubomira Scherschun, MD; Jane J. Kim, MD; Henry W. Lim, MD. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. VOL 44, Number 6. June 2001

Narrow-band ultraviolet B treatment for vitiligo, pruritus, and inflammatory dermatoses. Samson YS, Gielczyk R, Scherschun L & Lim HW Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 2003 Aug; Vol. 19 (4), pp. 164-8

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