Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Vitiligo Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Clear Lake Dermatology can treat patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who have vitiligo. This condition occurs due to a loss of pigment called melanin. In people who are affected by this condition, cells that produce melanin fail to manufacture this substance, which results in a loss of skin color. This loss of skin color results in patches of white skin over certain areas of the body.
Approximately one in every 100 adults suffers from some form of vitiligo. While it can affect any race, vitiligo is more noticeable among African-American patients. Although it is thought to be hereditary, people with other autoimmune diseases or who have thyroid problems or hormone deficiencies might also be prone to developing vitiligo.
Although no cure is available for vitiligo, this condition can be brought under control so that the loss of pigmentation is stopped or slowed down considerably. This treatment might consist of the use of topical medications designed to boost the autoimmune system. Our doctors can also perform ultraviolet light treatment to stimulate skin cells to begin producing pigment again. In severe cases, a skin graft might be used to cover extremely large patches of white skin. Some people may elect to have their remaining skin depigmented so they are an even tone over their entire body. This depigmentation should be done only when other treatment methods have failed because the results of this procedure are permanent.
People with vitiligo may also be more susceptible to developing skin cancer because depigmented patches of the skin may be more prone to sun damage. People who are affected by this condition must wear sun block with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever they are exposed to direct sunlight. People with vitiligo also sometimes lose pigment in their eyes, in which case an ophthalmologist should be consulted immediately.