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Medical Therapies

  • Alain TaïebEmail author


Medical therapies of vitiligo have a twofold aim: stopping inflammation and regenerating pigment cells. So far, the first aim has been generally fulfilled for short periods with courses of systemic corticosteroids or with only topical anti-inflammatory drugs for limited vitiligo. Maintenance treatment for long term control of microinflammation remains more problematic since this issue has not been addressed convincingly in large studies. The second aim relies mostly on phototherapies, which can also participate to the control of microinflammation. The most effective medical approaches combine anti-inflammatory and regenerative strategies. After psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, new targeted and semi targeted therapies (such as JAK inhibitors) are currently in development for vitiligo and alopecia areata.


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