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 4. I have vitiligo: will my children have vitiligo too?
Question 5. Is it true that my quality of life will be affected by vitiligo?
Question 6. How can I be sure that I am really affected by vitiligo?
Question 7. I have vitiligo: which blood tests or other examinations are necessary?
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 9. Is there a full list of white patches on skin, which are not associated with vitiligo?
Question 10. Whitish and depigmented patches on skin: how can I know what they are?
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 14. What are the individual factors associated with propensity to vitiligo?
Question 15. Surgical therapy for vitiligo: when and how?
Question 16. Tattoo for vitiligo patches: when and how?
Question 17. Should I take topical or oral antioxidants for vitiligo?
Question 18. What does “treating vitiligo with catalase” mean?
Question 19. What are the main side effects of vitiligo treatments?
Question 20. Camouflage: when and how?
Question 21. Psychotherapy: when and how?
Future trends. New concepts in vitiligo treatment
Sources and Further Reading
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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How can I treat vitiligo?
Choosing a treatment for vitiligo can be difficult, sometimes overwhelming. In general, first-line therapy should be safe, effective, minimally invasive, and cost effi...
Is it possible to stop the progression of vitiligo?
Vitiligo is progressive in 73% of cases and regressive in 1.3%. We usually explain to the patients that progression depends on the modality of the disease spreading: l...
What causes vitiligo?
It remains unclear what causes damage to melanocytes and their subsequent total inactivation and/or disappearance in vitiligo skin. There are several theories; the mos...
I have vitiligo: will my children have vitiligo, too?
Although most cases of vitiligo are sporadic, familial clustering is not uncommon, and up to 20% of patients report on the affected relatives. In whites, the lifetime ...