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Vitiligo Definition and Overview

Vitiligo a skin disease in which there is a progressive loss of the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), resulting in areas of skin without melanin pigment.

Vitiligo Causes

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There are probably environmental factors that interact with genes that are inherited that lead to a tendency to induce the destruction of melanocytes. There are numerous theories as to the origin of vitiligo. A condition indistinguishable from vitiligo can be induced in some individuals after topical exposure to certain phenol-like chemicals.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2015

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There are a number of diseases where PUVA is of proven benefit, including psoriasis, mycosis fungoides (cutaneous T-cell lymphoma), and vitiligo. Occasionally, PUVA is also used to treat atopic dermatitis, chronic itching, and certain types of photodermatitis.

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