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       Album: Vitiligo
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Vitiligo on the back in a 10 year old girl.

A relatively common idiopathic disorder. It affects melanocytes causing white patches of the skin. Prevalence is about 1%. About half of the cases begin before age 20. Many consider it to be an autoimmune disease in which melanocytes are targeted .

The appearance of the lesions can be very distressing to the patient and family. Response to treatment is slow.
Treatments include:
1) Topical steroids.
2)Monitoring for cutaneous atrophy.
3) Topical immunomodulators like Tacrolimus and Pimecrolimus are effective.
4)Narrowband UBV.
5) Sunless tanners containing Dihydroxyacetone.

One of the credible online resources is the National Vitiligo Foundation