How can I cure vitiligo?
There is no cure for vitiligo, but there are a number of effective treatment options that can be discussed with your GP or dermatologist. The aim of treatment is to stop new patches forming and bring the color back. In approximately 70% of all cases vitiligo condition can be substantially improved with a combination treatment, such as phototherapy (treatment with light) and topical creams. Best results are obtained in vitiligo that is recent in onset and when it affects face and trunk.
People with vitiligo may find that the white patches sometimes stop forming without any treatment. The white patches may revert to normal skin colour; however, this is rare and does not usually happen to all affected areas.
Keep in mind that people and conditions are very different, so what works for one person may not work for another. And no vitiligo treatment is likely to be 100% effective at making the spots disappear altogether.
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