This brochure contains general information about vitiligo and answers to most frequently asked questions.
Individual sections describe what vitiligo is, who is affected, its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options. If you have further questions, you may wish to discuss them with your dermatologist or physician.
Vitiligo: Questions and Answers
Table Of Contents
Part 1 by Prof. Torello Lotti, MD
- Question 1. What is vitiligo?
- Question 2. Is vitiligo a common disease?
- Question 3. What causes vitiligo?
- Question 8. Is it true that vitiligo can be a part of one of the most complex multisystem organ
dysfunctions of the human body?
- Question 11. How can I treat vitiligo?
- Question 12. Is it possible to stop the progression of vitiligo?
- Question 13. Depigmentation: when and how?
- Question 15. Surgical therapy for vitiligo: when and how?
- Question 16. Tattoo for vitiligo patches: when and how?
- Question 18. What does “treating vitiligo with catalase” mean?
- Question 20. Camouflage: when and how?
- Question 21. Psychotherapy: when and how?
Part 2 by Prof. Antonio Salafia, MD
Chapter 1. Introduction. Skin color
Chapter 2. The first question coming to mind: who gets vitiligo?
Chapter 3. General prevalence
Chapter 4. Age at onset of the disease
Chapter 5. Familial incidence
Chapter 6. Precipitating factors
Chapter 7. Treatment and management. Introduction
Chapter 8. Treatment and management
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What is coming?
New York Vitiligo Community Meeting
Our next meeting will be after the World Vitiligo Day conference in Detroit on Thursday, July 20th, 2017, at 7PM - 8:30PM on the 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Care Ce...20 July 2017 19:00, 240 East 38th Street, New York, NY
Master Class On Vitiligo In Pediatric Age
will be held alongside “International Forum on Paediatric Dermatology”, which will take place in Rome (Italy), on October 5-7, 2017. This is an exciting opportunity t...06 October 2017 09:00, P.zza Giovanni Randaccio, 1 - Rome...
What tests should be done?
No tests are usually necessary to make the diagnosis. The white patches may be seen more easily under Wood's light examination.
Is there a traditional medicine to treat vitiligo?
During the last decades, new methods of therapeutic research, ethno-botany and ethno-pharmacology and even archeo-pharmacology (PubMed), have been used extensively to ...
What's better: laser or phototherapy?
In a recent controlled study researchers assessed effect and safety of different laser and phototherapy treatments, such as excimer laser/light, narrowband UVB, UVA an...
Can a gluten-free diet help with vitiligo?
Gluten is the spongy complex of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, which puffs up when baked with yeast. It is important to realize there are three different...