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Novel Vitiligo Treatment Under Investigation by FDA

Patients with the skin disease, vitiligo, develop white patches on the skin due to the immune system’s attack on the body’s melanocytes.  Melanocytes are the cells that pigment our skin, but when the body’s immune system perceives those cells as harmful invaders like bacteria or a virus, the immune system obliterates melanocytes in certain areas […]

Narrow Band UVB Vitiligo Treatment at West Houston Dermatology, Part 2

Many patients with vitiligo are curious about narrow band UVB therapy because the treatment can re-pigment the skin thereby making the white patches, called vitiliginous lesions, less noticeable.  West Houston Dermatology is unique because Dr. Stephen Mahoney has an onsite full body machine (Houva II by National Biological) for treatment of vitiligo.  The machine resembles […]

Narrow Band UVB Vitiligo Treatment at West Houston Dermatology, Part 1

Vitiligo is the dermatological condition that causes the patient’s skin to de-pigment, or turn white in patches, and it occurs in 1%-2% of the population.  These patches (referred to as vitiliginous lesions) can occur just about anywhere on the body, and hair that grows on the affected area is usually white.   The ultimate goal of […]

Treatment Options for Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a dermatological condition that causes areas of the patient’s skin and sometimes hair to become depigmented appearing as white patches.  Considerable research is underway for the treatment of this disease, and many medical “spas” in and around the Houston area claim they have cure-alls for this condition.  Patients should be wary of these […]

I have Vitiligo – How Much Depigmentation Can I Expect?

Vitiligo often causes distress for patients who experience the disease, and one of the most common questions is “How much skin depigmentation will I experience?”  Unfortunately, there is no way to predict whether Vitiligo will “spread” or appear on other areas of the patient’s body.  Some patients will not develop further depigmentated areas of the […]

Vitiligo – What is It?

Vitiligo (pronounced (vit-ill-EYE-go)) is a skin disorder affecting the cells of the skin that make pigment (melanocytes), the mucous membranes, and retina of the eye.  The result is white patches of skin appearing over the body, and if the area happens to be the scalp, a person’s hair in that area usually turns white as […]