Dr. Michael Scannon and the associates at Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center see a wide range of dermatology concerns in their office. Patients who are struggling with the diagnosis of vitiligo are often discouraged when they find out vitiligo cannot be cured.
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition that occurs on the skin and results in the loss of skin pigmentation. This often occurs in irregular sized blotches and patches on the face and body. While it is a harmless condition and can impact patients of all skin types, it is not curable at this point in time. However, it is treatable to reduce the impact the condition has on one’s appearance and self-esteem.
What causes vitiligo?
The actual cause of vitiligo is unknown at this time, but scientists are constantly researching to find out more about this chronic condition. Vitiligo affects the melanocytes. These are the cells that are responsible for the pigmentation of the skin. These melanocytes are damaged and die, though the cause of this is unknown. Scientists believe that it may be linked to autoimmune disorder that accidently attacks the melanocytes and creates the blotchy patches that develop. It is also believed that vitiligo has a genetic factor associated with it, meaning patients with parents or siblings with vitiligo may be at a higher risk of developing it than those who don’t. There is still so much to learn about this and other dermatological conditions impacting one’s skin.
How can vitiligo be treated?
Doctors of dermatology are still unable to cure a patient of vitiligo. However, there are treatments that are provided by dermatological professionals that can fade the areas and help even out the skin tone. Many light therapies such as IPL and laser treatments can be used to improve overall appearance.
Treat vitiligo with the Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center
Vitiligo and many other dermatological concerns often require the assistance of a dedicated professional to diagnose and treat. If you have been diagnosed with vitiligo and are considering treatment options, we welcome you to call our office at (813) 877-4811. We are located in Tampa, Florida and accept new patients at our practice, located in Suites 1 and 2 at 4200 North Armenia Avenue.