Vitiligo guidelines from a medical brochure: further proof MJ did what he had to

The following is a medical brochure for patients with Vitiligo recently found at a dermatologist's office in Switzerland. Since the attempt to damage Michael Jackson's name writing inaccuracies about his disease has never come to an end, we want to share a further proof that he just did what he had to according to evidence-based clinical guidelines for the treatment of Vitiligo.

The brochure is written by the Scientific Committee of Ticinese Company di Dermatologia e Venereologia (The Ticino's Company of Dermatology and Venereology). Ticino is the Italian canton of Switzerland.

(English translation at the bottom)

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Vitiligo is a skin disorder characterized by white patches due to the skin losing its pigment. It affects 1-2% of the population and it can appear at any age, but in the majority it starts between the ages of 10 and 30. In some cases of vitiligo - about 1 in 10 - other family members are also affected. The exact cause of the process that triggers vitiligo remains unclear.


Localization and aspect:

Vitiligo lesions appear most easily around body orifices such as the mouth, nose, eyes, genitalia and hands, feet, elbows, knees, wrists, ankles. The distribution of the lesions is pretty symmetrical and they are generally well-defined and white.


Symptoms:

Mostly the disease has an aesthetic impact. Most patients suffer no other symptom. It rarely occurs in combination with thyroid conditions or other autoimmune diseases. Vitiligo is not contagious.


Course: The course of vitiligo is unpredictable. The patches may spread quickly or more often gradually. Spontaneous remission of vitiligo is very rare but possible.


Sun protection: People with vitiligo need to apply a high-factor sunscreen to reduce the contrast in color between affected and unaffected skin and to prevent sunburn.


Camouflage: Cosmetic camouflage creams and self-tanning products can also be used to reduce the color difference.


Therapy: A dermatologist may prescribe a topical treatment - generally a corticosteroid cream - or a phototherapy from special lamps (PUVA). This kind of treatment typically requires a long time and its success is not guaranteed and recovery may be partial. Another option highly recommended to patients with extensive vitiligo is the depigmentation treatment of unaffected skin areas that solves the color difference.

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