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Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disease manifested by loss of pigment in the skin. It is an acquired disorder that often runs in families. It is characterized by depigmentation or total lack of melanin pigment. It can occur in small localized areas or be widespread. Fifty percent of individuals develop the disease before the age of 20 and 25% develop the disease before the age of 10. The cause is unknown but is believed to autoimmune in nature. It is more commonly seen in individuals with endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease.

DIAGNOSIS

The diagnosis can be made clinically in the presence of well demarcated areas of depigmentation found symmetrically over boney prominences such as the knees or around body orifices such as the mouth, eyes and perianal or periurethral area. When the diagnosis is unclear, a skin biopsy may need to be done.

MANAGEMENT

Patients with vitiligo must be advised to follow strict sun protection. The areas of skin affected by vitiligo cannot tan and will burn with sun exposure. Sunburns raise the risk of skin cancer. Also, when normal surrounding skin is tan the loss of pigment is more noticeable. Also, since vitiligo can be associated with endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease, blood tests to rule out an underlying disorder may need to be performed.

TREATMENT AND MEDICATION

Treatment options are influenced by the amount of skin involved and the location. Often a trial of treatment with a topical corticosteroid is the initial treatment choice. Topical immunomodulators such as Protopic Ointment or Elidel Cream have also been shown to be effective and are more appropriate for extended use on delicate areas. A series of narrowband ultraviolet light treatments (NB-UVB) have also been found to be very effective. The excimer laser delivers NB-UVB directly to specific skin areas without affecting normal surrounding skin. Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology has an excimer laser and is proud to be able to offer excimer laser treatment to our patients. Excimer has come to be preferred over older light treatment modalities such as PUVA (psoralens plus ultraviolet A). The advantage of excimer over PUVA is shorter treatment times, decreased risk of phototoxic reactions, and the ability to use excimer in children, pregnant women and in individuals with kidney or liver disease since no oral medication is utilized. In cases where depigmentation due to vitiligo is very extensive, permanently removing all remaining pigment can be offered for cosmetic reasons.

COPING

For individuals who are self-conscious about vitiligo involving visible areas such as the face and hands, cosmetic products under the brand names of Covermark or Dermablend are available for camouflage. The National Vitiligo Foundation is an organization that can be a resource for educational materials and support groups.

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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

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Seeing Dr. Ringpfeil again!

#12016-08-16

Great Dermatologist!

#22016-03-30

This is an amazingly professional as well as patient-oriented practice. Thank you! I will highly recommend your practice to everyone.

#32012-08-31 09:32:27

Everything was great!!!!!! I am so glad I found this place!

#42016-07-30

I normally am turned off by palatial offices, but the office is so aesthetically beautiful, the fittings and art work so exquisite, that I am filled with admiration.

#52017-01-07

Yes your patiences and willingness to answer all my questions.

#62016-06-24

I think the doctor is very thorough in her evaluations and explanations and the staff is extremely professional and friendly. Definitely 5 star service!

#72011-09-22 13:13:46

Friendliness of all staff.

#82016-04-08

Being treated promptly

#92010-12-22 09:39:41

The unhurried time spent by everyone

#102010-11-30 10:51:14

What can we do better?

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Appointments on Fridays

#12010-09-27 09:26:48

I am completely satisfied with the current level of service and really can't think of anything that you could improve upon. This survey is a good thing.

#22010-10-13 09:38:13

music mix

#32016-03-11

Ask patient if they have any pain before asking them to waiting three weeks for appointment

#42016-03-06

I've never been in a medical office that was so warm and inviting. The decor and overall appearance has the feel of your living room but also reminds you that you are in a clinical environment as well. This practice surpasses my expectations in every way, from the staff, dress code, advances in technology and overall care of the patient. I was made to feel that my care is your number one priority.

#52011-04-29 11:02:03

Keeping me from dying of skin cancer would be good (I will behave and do the checks and annual exam to help out!!!)

#62010-11-29 11:47:11

Nothing I can think of

#72016-05-15

Do no change

#82010-08-19 14:48:13

Cannot think of anyway to improve things, unless you want to serve hot tea and cappachino!

#92011-02-22 11:25:39

Later evening hours and/or weekend hours.

#102011-05-27 15:59:15
Customer Rating : 4.96

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