The use of medical treatment is mostly useful in focal vitiligo, and has the dual aim of arresting disease progression and inducing repigmentation in the white lesions.


Vitiligo is a disease that cannot be hidden. It has distinctive vitiligo_mthodwhite patches as the symptom where the skin loses its pigmentation. These patches maybe small to begin with and may change their shape and increase over a period of time. These patches are generally visible on face, hands and wrists. The patches may be more visible around the skin surrounding mouth, eyes, nostrils and other such areas.

Since the disease is easy to spot, it often leads to stigmas and boycott of patients from the society. This is due to lack of knowledge about the disease. Vitiligo is not a communal disease- it cannot be passed on with touch or breathing. However, stigmatisation may lead to depression in the patient.