Dr. Saurabh Lodha Dr. Lodha is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He has been published in a variety of medical journals and has particular interests in melanoma, auto-immune diseases of the skin and aesthetic dermatology.
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Dr. Saurabh Lodha
This was my first appointment with a dermatologist and it was a lot less scary than anticipated! Dr. Lodha is full of knowledge and little facts that will make u want to treat your skin with more respect. He did not lecture yet he explained and I was very thankful for that. I would recommend anyone to go and see their new office – it’s great Dr. Lodha, was very reassuring about my concerns. He was also very explicit and caring about the small procedure he was performing. He was very thorough, gave me as much time as I needed, responding to my questions thoroughly. I highly recommend Dr. Lodha...
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Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin pigmentation in certain areas at a time. Often presenting itself as blotches of skin having lost its color/pigment. The rate and the extent of pigment loss is completely random and unpredictable. It can affect any part of the body, as well as the hair and inside of the mouth.
Melanin determines skin and hair color. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo can affect people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious, however many may feel self-esteem issues as it is difficult to cover up.

Symptoms

  • Patchy loss of skin color.
  • Loss of color on the outside of the mouth and nose.
  • Change in color of the retina.
  • Prematurely graying hair, on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows and beard.

It can appear all over the body or only in a few areas at a time, at any age; however, it most often occurs in individuals during their early to mid-20’s.

Causes
Vitiligo occurs when melanin-production cells die out or cease function. Melanin or pigment gives your hair, skin and nails their color. When they die out these areas will begin to turn white and lose all color. The true reasoning for this stop in function of melanin-producing cells is unknown however, it may be linked to:

  • Genetic disorders in the family history
  • An immune system disorder, destroying the melanocytes in those areas of the skin
  • Over exposure to sun
  • Certain reaction to life stresses
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals

Treatment
There is truly no cure for Vitiligo or way to stop the loss of melanocytes. But certain medications used in conjunction with laser and light therapy can help restore skin tone. In addition to these drugs creams, ointments, and skin grafting surgery are options however these are sometimes highly-invasive and may not produce the desired results. The most important thing to know is that people are still beautiful in their own individual ways, and your dermatologist can take steps to help you curb the aesthetics of the disease, using a combination of lasers, creams, and other topicals. For more information on vitiligo or to schedule a consultation, please contact the team at Pura Dermatology today.

DISCLAIMER: All information described here is a guideline. For true diagnosis and treatment, evaluation with a physician is mandatory. Treatments and symptoms discussed here are also a guideline and do not represent all treatments or all symptoms for any condition.

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