Vitiligo is a relatively common pigmentation disorder in which the pigment-making cells (melanocytes) are lost or destroyed. As a result, well-defined white patches appear on the skin. Patches may occur on one part or all over the body. Some people also have loss of pigment in patches of hair on the head or body. It may begin at any age but the average age of onset is in the mid-twenties.
Various available treatments may stop its progression and induce varying degrees of re-pigmentation. Treatment options vary depending on severity and preference and may include topical, systemic, and/or light-based therapies and surgeries. A combination of therapies is usually more effective than a single therapy.
Dr Sarita Gupta is dermatologist, cosmetologist and STD specialist. She joined her MBBS at Government medical college Faridkot in 2007 and did her specialisation in Skin from Dr. RPGMC Tanda Government medical college in 2014.