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Vitiligo To Treat or Not to Treat

Henry W. Lim, MD; Camile L. Hexsel, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(5):643-646. doi:10.1001/archderm.143.5.643.
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Treatment of vitiligo involves either repigmentation or depigmentation, depending on the extent of the disease. Additional adjuvant forms of management include cosmetic cover-up and psychological and social support. Support groups can be located through the National Vitiligo Foundation (http://www.nvfi.org). Topical dihydroxyacetone-containing self-tanning preparations, topical dyes, and tattooing have also been used1 but generally do not result in ideal color match with the unaffected skin.

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Treatment algorithm for vitiligo. BSA indicates body surface area; NB-UVB, narrowband–UV-B therapy; PUVA, psoralen followed by UV-A therapy.

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