Vitiligo is a disease that makes the skin lose its normal color. Vitiligo is not contagious, however, it can be cosmetically devastating, especially in darkly pigmented individuals. We are not sure what causes vitiligo, but it could be related to a disorder of the immune system or genetic factors.
The goal of treatment in vitiligo is to stop the progression and to re-pigment the affected areas. Options include cortisone based creams, ultraviolet light therapy, or depigmentation in patients who have more than half of their body surface involved. Your dermatologist will choose the best treatment suited for you depending on your age, the extent of vitiligo and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding.