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Why does Vitiligo spread and can I prevent it?

Postby weaver33 on Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:16 pm

I suffer from Vitiligo and have patches that have started to spread from my face onto my neck.

Can you tell me what factors are causing it to spread please? Is there anything I can do to slow down or preferably stop the spreading?

Your advice will be gratefully received.

Thank you,

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Re: Why does Vitiligo spread and can I prevent it?

Postby Dr Anton Alexandroff on Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:41 am

Dear Wayne,

sorry to hear about your vitiligo. vitiligo happens when your immune system is out of balance and recognises skin cells which make pigment as foreign and attacks them. we don't know yet exact triggers of vitiligo or its flares. It course is unpredictable and it may resolve spontaneously. Available treatments balance the immune system (steroid creams, tacrolimus cream, uvb)

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
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