If you are in the Schaumburg or Hoffman Estates area and are suffering from the emotional or social problems associated with vitiligo, consider the treatment options available from Schaumburg Dermatology. We treat this skin disorder with both prescription topical and ultraviolet therapies.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a disorder where the skin loses pigment and white patches form. It can occur anywhere on the body and often affects people in multiple locations. Vitiligo is caused by the destruction of melanocytes, which are cells that form pigment. Why these cells are destroyed is still unknown, but one possibility is that the cells are destroyed by the immune system. Vitiligo can affect people of all races, but it is more evident on those with darker skin.
An estimated two percent of the population suffers from this condition. Here are a few of the trends we have found among those who suffer from vitiligo:
- Most of those affected by vitiligo will be diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 30 years old.
- Men and women are both equally as likely to develop this skin disorder, which may run in families.
- A person’s risk of vitiligo is increased if they have a family history of the condition or of premature graying hair.
- Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can also increase a person’s risk.
Symptoms of vitiligo include the loss of pigment on multiple areas of the skin, which is often quite rapid. After the initial loss of pigment, the condition may not progress for some time. It often occurs where the skin is exposed to the sun, where a previous injury happened, in body folds, or surrounding moles. Pigment generally does not return after the white patches develop.
Athough vitiligo cannot be cured as of yet, the use of corticosteroid creams as well as UV light therapy can help to improve the appearance of skin that has severe vitiligo. Vitiligo treatment pricing can vary based on severity, location, and other factors. For more information about your treatment options, call Schaumburg Dermatology at (847) 534-0700 or contact us on our appointment page.
Dr. Prashant Singri and Dr. Nimisha Singri of Schaumburg Dermatology are both members of ASLMS and provide a through consultation in which all cosmetic skin issues will be evaluated. At the consultation, the patient will be provided with the best possible treatment or combination of treatments for their individual case.