Our expert says:
Hi Linda, thank you for the question.
Vitiligo is a form of hypopigmentation (loss of pigment) that is characterized by a slow progression of sharply depigmented and often symmetric patches that can occur anywhere on the body. Vitiligo is not dangerous or contagious but is a concern due to the psychological stress it may cause especially when these patches progress to various parts of the body. If treatment is preferred or desired one may consider tacrolimus 0.1% ointment over 2 to 3 months with sun exposure to help repigment the skin. This may be combined with narrow band UVB therapy for added benefit. My advice is to consult a dermatologist who can verify the diagnosis of Vitiligo and discuss the various treatment options with you.
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