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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I am a 19-year-old undergoing phototherapy for vitiligo for the past six months and the white spots on my palms, fingers, and lips are getting darker. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 19 years old, have vitiligo and I am taking phototherapy along with medicines for about six months now. The white spots on the palms and fingers in hands and in lips have not spread but some spots have become darker. How long will it take for it to cure? Should I consider other kin...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Vitiligo on palms and soles are usually quite resistant to therapy and takes a very long time depending upon the extent of involvement. Also, there are chances that it may not completely resolve too in such locations. Phototherapy is a safe and effective treatment ap...  Read Full »

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 »

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

Query: Hi doctor, My one-year-old daughter is having some kind of white patch in one of her eyelids and forehead for two months. It does not look like a complete white patch and I can see some brownish area in the center of the patch. There is no dryness. We are applying moisturizing cream since after thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Hara Sudhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the pictures provided her, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) your daughter seems to have two possibilities. Your daughter can have nevus depigmentosus and childhood vitiligo. As it is confined to one-half of the midline and remains stable for a long ...  Read Full »

One of my eyebrow hair turned blond. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female and weighs 64 kg. I am not on any regular medicines. I am a healthy woman. I have one hair in eyebrows grow long to around 3 cm and changed color to blond. My natural hair color is black. Is that normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In your paternal family, is there any history or case of vitiligo in which a person develop white patches or graying of hairs? Right now, I can say that you can get it trimmed for now. If there is a genetic history of vitiligo in your family, then there can be many c...  Read Full »

Why do I muscle weakness from childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I have muscle weakness in both arms and legs since childhood. I cannot climb stairs without support and I feel tired most of the day. I cannot stand for long and also cannot run or walk. My legs and feet always get numb. I have decreased sensory sensations in both feet....  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your question with care and understand your concerns. My opinion is as below: You are having both myopathy and neuropathy. You need to get treatment for both. Hypothyroidism and vitiligo are may be signs of abnormal functioning of the pituitary gland. You h...  Read Full »

Why is my penis head white?

Query: Hello doctor, The skin at the tip of my penis is becoming white from the past three months. There is no pain or any other problem due to that. I feel pressure to urinate, but while urinating the flow is slow. I do not know why my penis has become white. Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send me an image. It might be vitiligo or balanitis xerotica obliterans. Revert with more information to a urologist online -->  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for vitiligo.

Query: Hello doctor, I have vitiligo on my face, and my skin and hair are turning white. This is a major problem for me. Please suggest some treatment. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For vitiligo, there are many lines of management. If the patch is unstable, then oral medications can be advised. But if the vitiligo patch is stable, that is no change in the size of the patch over six months, then surgery can be done to re-pigment the vitiligo patch...  Read Full »

I am affected by vitiligo disease in the lower lip. Which medicine should I take?

Query: Hello doctor, I am affected by vitiligo disease in the lower lip. The doctor suggested taking Decapeptide lotion Melgain. I also have taken, but it does not work. Now I did not receive any medicine. So which medicine should I take?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Dawre

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have vitiligo as you said, but I need to see your lip lesions in personal. If required biopsy will be done, if it is vilitigo. Then there are lots of options to treat vitiligo with a varying prognosis like, 1. Oral medication. 2. Phototherapy. 3. Surgery. 4. ...  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 »

Are the white spots on my wrist and hands due to vitiligo?

Query: Hello doctor, I have white spots on my wrist and fingers. Is it vitiligo? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the attached pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify early vitiligo in photographs as it starts with slight hypopigmented macules. The wrist lesion looks dep...  Read Full »

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