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How to distinguish between post inflammatory hypopigmentation and vitilgo?

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Can a dermat distinguish between post inflammatory hypopigmentation and vitilgo,even if the spots are small in size,,,,,,,,and is melanocyl cream prescribed in post inflammattory hypopigmenntation
Posted Mon, 16 Dec 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel 12 minutes later
Brief Answer: Vitiligo is a distinct depigmented dermatosis. Detailed Answer: Hi, Vitiligo is an idiopathic depigmentation of skin and can occur anywhere on the the body including lips and genitals. It is considered autoimmune condition and partially inherited. Post inflammatory depigmentation may follow trauma,burns and skin diseases. There is a history of skin disease or trauma. Detailed history and clues on physical examination helps dermatologist distinguish vitiligo from post inflammatory depigmentation. Melanocyl cream may improve the post inflammatory depigmented patches. I would like to see photograph of affected area. If you have good quality pictures of the areas, please upload using the site's uploader. Thanks. Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
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