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Suggested Treatment of Vitiligo - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Is there any treatment for vitiligo                                                            
Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   can i know ur age/sex?
User :   27/M
Doctor :   ok
User :   wanted to know about treatment of vitiligo
Doctor :   There is no easy treatment of vitiligo.
Doctor :   Cover-up cosmetics such as Dermablend, Chromelin Complexion Blender and Covermark work well.
Doctor :   PUVA light treatment has a high success rate
User :   came to know that sking grafting, melocyte transplantation are working fine for segmental patches
User :   is it true
Doctor :   yes it is true
Doctor :   melanocyte transplantation is a recent technique
Doctor :   but it requires high expertise
Doctor :   still under budding stage
User :   ok
Doctor :   these treatments are most successful in patients with vitiligo over less than 50% of their body surface area.
Doctor :   This treatment is still experimental and is only done at university medical centers
User :   I have segmental vitiligo on my right legs and a smalll segmental patch in stomach
Doctor :   ok
User :   pls suggest a best treatment
Doctor :   have u taken puva therapy?
User :   puva is the sunlight therapy right?
Doctor :   puva ultraviloet therapy
User :   Had taken the therapy when I was at the age of 15
Doctor :   problem is The treatment often takes a year or more and does not work for every patient that tries it;
User :   as the segment stop spreeding stopped it
User :   and moreover.. didn't get any good response on already formed patches
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Severe case of vitiligo that do not respond to treatment can be treated with Benoquin by prescription
User :   Thanks
User :   how about cosmetic cover-up
Doctor :   cosmetic cover up can be done
User :   does these treament has any side effects
Doctor :   as u have only few patches
Doctor :   but its very costly
Doctor :   and Dermablend, Chromelin Complexion Blender and Covermark work well.
Doctor :   Dermablend, Chromelin Complexion Blender and Covermark work well.
User :   are these treatments permanent fix or temporary
Doctor :   pemanen5t
User :   could you pls tell me the average cost of these treatments
Doctor :   it depends upon the area involved and it is not fixed
Doctor :   depends upon institute]
User :   can you pls suggest me a treatment institute in ....
Doctor :   please give me some time
User :   ok
Doctor :   have good cosmetic units
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   welcome
User :   will there be any side effects by taking cosmetic therapies
Doctor :   is there anything i need to help u with?
Doctor :   defenetly side effects are there
Doctor :   but they are minimal in expert hands
User :   Thanks a lot.. I don't have anymore questions with me
Doctor :   welcome
Doctor :   bye take care

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