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What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition where there is loss or destruction of the pigment producing cells (melanocytes). It is associated with other autoimmune disorders, such as thyroid disease. Typically you get milky white patches of skin, and this is more noticeable in patients with darker skin types. Dr. Ophelia will usually make a clinical diagnosis of vitiligo, but occasionally a skin biopsy is advised to exclude other causes of loss of skin pigment.

What are my treatment options?

Dr. Ophelia will discuss all treatment options available. These include topical treatments or light therapy. She may also recommend sun protection, skin camouflage and psychological support.