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Understanding Vitiligo

Vitiligo on the hands If you have been diagnosed with vitiligo, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused. What is this condition and what does it mean for your health? Do not worry – you are not alone. Here at Georgia Dermatology Partners, we want to help you understand vitiligo and all of your treatment options. We are dedicated to providing quality care for our patients, and we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make the best decisions for your health.

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a condition that causes patches of skin to lose their color. This can occur anywhere on the body, but it most often affects the face, hands, and feet. The cause of vitiligo is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. When you have the symptoms of vitiligo and are interested in learning more about how to address it, our team at Georgia Dermatology Partners can assist you.

What are the symptoms of vitiligo?

Our doctors will often spot several tell-tale signs that indicate a diagnosis of vitiligo. Below are just a few of the  most common symptoms:

  • Pale skin in areas that have lost their color
  • White patches on the skin
  • Frequent sunburns, as those with vitiligo are more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays

How is vitiligo treated?

Our team at Georgia Dermatology Partners will evaluate patients to determine if they  have vitiligo, providing an accurate diagnosis. Then, treatment options are discussed. Many patients will learn about their options and then make an educated decision regarding what is best for their needs. Some of the most common treatments for vitiligo may include:

  • Topical treatments, such as creams or ointments
  • Phototherapy, which uses ultraviolet light to help restore color to the skin
  • Surgical options, if other treatments have not been successful

Find a solution to your condition

If you are feeling lost and confused after a vitiligo diagnosis, know that you are not alone. The team at Georgia Dermatology Partners works routinely with patients who have been diagnosed with this condition to get appropriate treatment. Call (770) 972-4845 to schedule an appointment at any of our four convenient locations.

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