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Is there a treatment available for removing the white patches on the face ?

hi my wife has very light white patched on her face , though she is applying creams , medicines as prescribed by the docter, her actual skin colour is light dusky so is not fair can you suggest me what can be done.
Tue, 24 Jan 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Welcome to health care magic
very light white patches can be due to fungal infection or pityriasis rosea ,So consult some dermatologist to get proper treatment. no doubt very rare but It can some times be due to leprosy also
Wish you speedy recovery
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Dermatologist Dr. Bharat Chawda's  Response
Hi! kapil ,
Welcome to HelathcareMagic forum,

If the patches are slightly lighter than the original color ,then it must be PITIRYIASIS ALBA(P.ALBA).The other possibility is a sunburn reaction ,but only if she gets more itching when exposed to sun .
P.ALBA is a condition due to dry skin ,excess exposure to sun light & excess use of soap.
The best treatment in such a case is use of a good ,moisturizer along with a moisturizing soap.And regular use of a good spf sunscreen daily three times.
These patches may take long time to go,& for faster recovery one may use a mild topical steroid over the patch for just few day.
If you have consulted a dermatologist ,kindly let me know what has been prescribed and what was his diagnosis ,so that I can help you further.

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