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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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. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

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 »

What can cause a painless tiny white patch over the jawline?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 years old. I got a tiny invisible white patch near my right ear over the jawline before two months. People around me noticed a month later, which I did not take seriously. Eventually, it started growing with time. Now, after two months, the hair on the face too has become gre...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Attach the picture to assess the lesion so I can guide you accordingly. Do you have a chalky white patch? Do you have a history of atopy or allergies? Do you have autoimmune disorders or a family history of Vitiligo? Is there a history of photosensitivity, contac...  Read Full »

Is a small white dot on the thigh a sign of leucoderma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have developed a small white dot on my thigh a few months back. Now, the size has increased. Is this any sign of leucoderma?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Has this hypopigmented patch occurred after any injury or scab formation (attachment removed to protect patient identity)? If not, then it can be a sign of vitiligo or leucoderma. But, it cannot be confirmed at this stage. Does anyone in your family have such illnes...  Read Full »

I have white patches in thigh area and waistline.What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I have developed white patches in thigh area and waistline. There is no itching, irritation or pain. Also small white marks are developing in my neck region. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How long has it been there? Also attach photographs of the affected areas and revert back to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a solution for itchy gray patches in the groin area.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. There are whitish-gray colored patches on the groin area which are roughly round and approximately 2 cm in diameter and itches a lot especially during night time. Kindly tell me what the condition is.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have white patches as well as redness. Now redness and itching are due to fungal infection, but white patches are different. White patches are either due to leucoderma or vitiligo. I ...  Read Full »

Can vitiligo be treated with homeopathic medicine?

Query: Hello doctor,Vitiligo observed in forehead near eyebrows just a month ago. Eyebrows hairs have also turned white. There is no itchiness there. There was no patch before one month. Also, there is no history of vitiligo in my entire family and ancestors. Please suggest if it can be treated and how?  Read Full »

Dr. Sheetal Kamble

Homeopathic Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am very glad to answer your query. Since it is the beginning of the problem, it should not be very difficult to get rid of that. In order to treat such skin disorder, usually, it is important to understand the complete picture of the patient which includes mental, emo...  Read Full »

Please provide your opinion on my daughter's white patch on the eyelid and forehead.

Query: Our one-year old daughter has some kind of white patch in one of her eyelid and forehead since two months. It is not complete white patch and I could see some brownish area in the centre of the patch. Her height is 77.2 cm and 9.1 kg. We don't see any dryness. We are applying moisturizing cream af...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Hara Sudhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, I understand having a lesion like that on your baby's skin can be quite disconcerting. From the pictures you've provided I I'm thinking of two possibilities. 1. Nevus depigmentosus 2. Childhood Vitiligo I'm thinking more of the former than the second option, as it's confined to one half of ...  Read Full »

What could be the tiny spots present in the outer layer of penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old unmarried male. I have tiny white spots on the top of the penis and on the outer skin also. I do masturbation regularly. Please suggest any treatment for the removal of white spots.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Such white spots could be pearly penile papules or warts or fungal infection. Without seeing these spots, it is difficult to provide a definitive diagnosis. So please share a photo of the spots so I can make a confirmative diagnosis and suggest treatment.  Read Full »

How to get rid of pale white patch in eyelid and forehead of a small kid?

Query: Hello doctor, Our 10 months old child has some kind of white or pale patch in one of her eyelids and forehead for one and a half months. Can you diagnose it based on its appearance? There is no itching and discoloration started which is more visible now. We are applying moisturizing cream and no me...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Based on the appearance, I can provide you a differential diagnosis. Now it could be P.alba, nevus depigmentousus or vitiligo. P. Alba is a type of mild dermatitis that can be easily managed with on...  Read Full »

Can leucoderma be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a white patch on the back of my foot. It has been in the same shape for 2 years. My doctor said it as leucoderma due to footwear and gave an ointment. I used it for one month, but I did not observe any change. Is this curable?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With your descriptions, it seems that you are having focal vitiligo or chemical leucoderma due to footwear. It is primarily an autoimmune disease with a familial predisposition presented with chalky white or milky white in appearance. Other autoimmune diseases may be asso...  Read Full »

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