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White patches on head with white hair of a 26 years old boy

My son aged 26 is having white patches on head ,and so white hair at these places (only on head ) 2-3 places for last 4-5 years .Treatment ???
Asked On : Sat, 16 Apr 2011
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Hi! varughese,
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White patches with white hair over it indicates VITILIGO.This is a auto immune condition where in our own cell destroy our melanocytes (color producing cells),thus leading to white patches.Treatment depends whether the lesions are active(spreading) or stable(not spreading).If the lesion is spreading then we put the patient on oral steroids to stop the activity.Along with this one has to start phototherapy also .There are two types of phototherapy : one is PUVA therapy and other is NARROW BAND UVB therapy.These are light chambers which patient has to expose to .This would help in repigmentation.Apart from this one has to apply topical creams too.
vitiligo is a chronic problem and presence of white hair delays the process of repigmentation .So consult a dermatologist who has above facilities.

Answered: Sun, 17 Apr 2011
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