Common "Vitiligo" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The skin condition that results in the loss of skin color over more extensive areas of the body is called vitiligo. It occurs when melanocytes (the cells that produce skin pigments) die or stop functioning. It is believed to be a result of autoimmune reaction, hereditary, too much stress, sunburn, or exposure to certain chemicals.

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There is a white patch on my baby's back.Is this vitiligo?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an eight month old baby. There is a white patch on her back. It has been there without any changes since 3 months. Is this vitiligo?  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the white patches of your baby in the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not vitiligo, because 1. Vitiligo will be depigmented and not hypopigmented as in your case. 2. Vitiligo is very rare in infancy. 3. Vitilig...  Read Full »

I am a 35-year-old with white patches on the skin of my testicles. Is it vitiligo?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 35 years old. I found white patches on the skin of my testicles. These spots are spreading, and I am not feeling any itching or pain on those patches. Is it vitiligo or anything else? It is very depressing for me. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your differential diagnoses could be idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, post-inflammatory depigmentation, chemical leucoderma, piebaldism, or vitiligo. Primary treatment options are topical immunomodulators like Tacrolimus, topical steroids, phototherapy, and excimer ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from shrunken penis skin. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a few problems with my body. Since last year I was under work pressure. I could see my blood sugar gone up to 289 mg/dL on post prandial (PP) last month and reduced to 175 on PP and 109 on fasting last week. In the meantime, for the past two weeks, I suffer from fissure. I am a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. I have checked all the attached reports thoroughly (attachments removed to protect patient identity), and here are my notes: 1. Repeated high post prandial sugar above 200 means that you are diabetic and need to start therapy. Do you hav...  Read Full »

How is vitiligo on lips treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has vitiligo on her lower lip. It came to our notice this year, and we consulted a doctor immediately. The doctor gave Dicaris 150 mg to be taken on the weekends of every week for four months. She finished 32 Dicaris tablets so far. She also used Melbild lotion at night and su...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to appreciate you going at length in explaining me the exact medicine regimen. You are well in time and not late, so do not worry. I normally give tablet Azathioprine taking into consideration the weight factor. After the stabilization has been achieved in about a couple...  Read Full »

My daughter is suspected to have vitiligo. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter has skin lesions that started last year. They are on one side of the body. Initially, she got eczema kind small red rashes for which we applied Corticosteroid and later we observed whitish patches developing on those spots. Initially, the GP thought it could be tinea versicolor...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and clinical photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From the present situation, it looks to be vitiligo. Since it is on one side of the body, it can be called as segmental vitiligo also. Tacrolimus is the right medic...  Read Full »

I have white patches on my skin. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from a skin problem for a long time four years. They are white patches. I have taken treatment from a few doctors. Doctors have asked me to apply some lotion and show sunlight to them. They also gave me some blue light therapy but I developed blisters after that. So,...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your query in detail and do understand your concern. I also viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  Read Full »

What causes fast spreading white spots on my skin?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some small white spots on my skin of the legs, from the past two years. I was taking homeopathic medicines for it. From the past six to seven months, some new patches are coming on my face. These spots are spreading fast, and it has become a serious issue. Kindly suggest some quick...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is vitiligo and since new patches are appearing it is called unstable vitiligo. How many patches are there over your body other than your neck? I suggest you try using the following Tacrolimus 0.1 % ointment once a day, Melgain or Melbild lotion (Deca Peptide), apply i...  Read Full »

The spots on my penis are increasing gradually. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting spots on my penis. I do not remember that I had them as a kid. I know it has been getting more over time, but really slow that I do not realize it. I remember that the doctor messed up my circumcision and my parents were going to sue the doctor for that thus the skin a...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through all your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Basically, you have two queries. First the extra skin which you want to remove. That can be possible by surgery but if you do not have any problem with that then you avoid surgical...  Read Full »

Will vitiligo be inherited in the family? Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin's sister is planning to get married to a guy, who has a family history of vitiligo. His parents and paternal aunt are suffering from the same problem and all are having white spots on their bodies. The boy is not having any white spots currently on his body. Can this problem occ...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to can be inherited in the family, but not in every member of the generation. It is not necessary for vitiligo to develop in childhood; the onset can be at any stage of life. Inheritance was thought to be autosomal dominant with variable expression and incomplete pen...  Read Full »

Will phototherapy with UVB help in curing vitiligo?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a huge vitiligo white spot on the back. I was advised to apply Melbild solution in the day time and Imograf forte ointment at night. I am also taking tablet Patchex and Nixiyax every day. Please tell me whether I need to apply sunscreen on the surrounding dark area on the back durin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the patch is present on the exposed skin, then it is good to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on the whole area on the patch as well as on the surrounding skin after the recommended duration of sun exposure of 15 to 20 minutes. The purpose is dual. It prevents sunburn ...  Read Full »

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