Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin condition which causes white patches to appear on the skin, and can occur on any parts of the body. These white patches can be particularly distressing if they affect visible skin areas such as the face, causing significant psychosocial problems. Some people may have other underlying autoimmune medical conditions such as thyroid disorders or diabetes mellitus.

Treatment for Vitiligo

Strict sun protection and the use of daily sunscreen is important to prevent sunburns and worsening of vitiligo.
Topical treatment (combination steroid and non steroid anti-inflammatory creams) can be used to treat the white patches of mild or localised vitiligo.
If vitiligo becomes more extensive, phototherapy can be added on to help with the repigmentation process. There are targeted laser treatment and pigment skin grafts which may be helpful for certain vitiligo cases.
Newer oral medications targeting the skin immune system response have been recently tried for resistant cases of vitiligo.
Treatment of vitiligo is currently still unsatisfactory.
Repigmentation treatment is most successful on face and trunk. Hands and feet vitiligo generally respond poorly. Compared to longstanding white patches, new ones are more likely to respond to medical treatment if started early.
The information written and published on this website is not intended to substitute the recommendations of a trained professional and does not replace a professional consultation.
It is advisable to undergo a formal consultation to help establish a relationship between the doctor and yourself, accurately determine your concerns/problems, and get the appropriate treatments for them.
It is also imperative to note that the contents of the website with respect to treatments, results and pricing can vary from individual to individual, and can only be accurately determined by the doctor upon diagnosis.
Do note that all medical treatments will only be administered upon proper consultation, with the requirement that patients be above 21 years of age to provide legal consent.

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Dr Tay Liang Kiat is a fully accredited Dermatologist who specialises in skin cancers, Mohs micrographic surgery, dermatologic and nail surgery, aesthetic dermatology and laser procedures. With more than 20 years of clinical experience, he also manages other aspects of general ambulatory and inpatient dermatology, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, urticaria, hair loss, children skin issues and other complex medical dermatology. In addition, he has expertise in the use of the latest immunotherapy (biologics) treatment for severe eczema, psoriasis and urticaria.