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?
United Nations ECOSOC session
The tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will take place from Tuesday 13 to Thursday ...13 June 2017 10:00, UN Plaza, New York
World Vitiligo Day celebration conference in Detroit, USA
U.S. World Vitiligo Day 2017 Theme: "Step Up for Vitiligo: A Call for Truth, Hope and Change!" Reflecting the mission of the “Step Up for Vitiligo” campaign that came...23 June 2017 18:00, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Is vitiligo contagious?
Vitiligo is NOT contagious. It cannot be passed on or caught from touching someone with vitiligo, shaking hands, swimming in the same pool, sharing towels, sitting nex...
Why there is no drug for vitiligo yet?
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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...
Will it spread?
The condition varies from person to person. Some people only get a few small, white patches that progress no further. Other people get bigger white patches that join u...