Light Therapy: An Effective Option for Treating VitiligoAugust 20th, 2012 | Posted by in Light Therapy for Skin Information
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes white patches of skin to appear on the body. The patches are more obvious in dark-skinned people. Vitiligo usually appears when people are in their 20s or 30s. It is caused due to loss of melamin. Vitiligo can occur on its own, but it also often shows up in people with other autoimmune diseases, such as Addison's disease, pernicious anemia, lupus and thyroiditis. Topical treatments are helpful for most people but ultraviolet (UV) B light treatment is effective in at least half of patients. Side effects include itching, pain and sunburn, as well as increased risk of skin cancers. Excimer laser treatments can be effective when relatively small patches of skin are affected. Skin affected by vitiligo is at especially high risk for sunburn and skin cancers.
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