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vitiligo
Posted by: Ronald
Date: April 17, 2000 1:01 AM

Are there any current breakthroughs including herbs, cream treatments, vitamins, etc. for my 23 year old son who was diagnosed with vitiligo at age 9.

vitiligo
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: April 17, 2000 2:09 PM

Vitiligo is marked by the destruction of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) which causes a patchy decrease in pigmentation of the skin and is in turn caused in a roundabout way by the immune system not functioning correctly in relationship to, probably, an otherwise harmless virus. Photoluminescent therapy has a good reputation in this area for stopping further progression, although the damage which is done will remain. He should also be checked for hypochlorhydria which can play a role.



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