Woman's hands with vitiligo

Woman's hands with vitiligo

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Caption: Vitiligo. View of vitiligo, skin pigment loss, in the hands of a 23 year old woman. The pale areas of skin have lost their melanocytes, the cells that produce the skin pigment melanin. This is believed to be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder. Vitiligo, which usually begins in early adulthood, is more visible in dark-skinned people (as here). Most treatment involves using cosmetic make-up. Phototherapy with PUVA (psoralen drugs and long wavelength ultraviolet light) can be helpful, but many treatments are required. In very extensive cases, chemicals may be used to remove all of the remaining skin pigment.

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Keywords: condition, disease, disorder, hand, healthcare, medical, medicine, pigment loss, skin disease, vitiligo

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