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Also known as white spots, vitiligo causes white patches to appear on the skin. Although its effects are only cosmetic, individuals with vitiligo are highly distressed, especially it affects their arms or other commonly visible areas of the body. While treatment options do exist for vitiligo, it often takes awhile to find one that’s effective. New research suggests that a protein may be able to reverse vitiligo.
Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine made genetic alterations to an amino acid in HSP70i, a protein involved in the autoimmune response that leads to vitiligo. To test its effects, mice with vitiligo were vaccinated with this altered protein. The fur on these mice reverted to its normal black coloring, without the white spots. Human skin specimens have seen similar results, although additional research is necessary before this can be considered as a treatment option.
While the aforementioned treatment is still in its experimental stages, many treatment options are currently available for vitiligo. If you have have vitiligo, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in treating vitiligo and other skin conditions, with the latest treatment options. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.