Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Where Can I Find Information About Vitiligo?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 09:59 AM

Question: I have a friend who has vitiligo. He tried several treatments including creams and UV radiation treatment. Where can he find more information and treatment options?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Vitiligo is a depigmentation disorder. There is not much literature available on this condition, because there have been no radical and very effective new treatments discovered.

You have described the conventional treatments, and you can go here for more information.

Occasionally, vitiligo is associated with other conditions that, when treated, will arrest the depigmentation process. Vitiligo is not to be confused with a common fungal infection called tinea versicolor that has characteristic areas of depigmentation predominately in the chest and trunk areas. See your doctor for guidance. If necessary, get a referral to a dermatologist or a medical doctor specializing in diseases of the skin.

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