Vitiligo Treatment With Clinical Research Trials
Vitiligo (vit-a-lie-go) is another autoimmune disease where the immune system is inappropriately activated against normal body tissues. In the case of vitiligo, the immune is attacking the normal pigment cells of the skin, called melanocytes (mel-anne-oh-sites). This results in areas of skin (and hair) that lose pigment and become very light in color. California Dermatology and Clinical Research Institute offers vitiligo treatment with clinical trials in San Diego.
Where does Vitiligo Occur on the body?
Common areas of involvement are around body openings like the mouth, nose, eyes and genitalia although any area of the body can be involved. While the way in which pigmentation is lost is fairly well understood, the reason it happens remains a bit of a mystery.
How do You Treat Vitiligo?
Along with the mystery of its cause, is the challenge of treating it. There are no FDA-approved treatments so doctors wind up relying on medications used for other conditions, age-old therapies and difficult to implement light treatments to bring the pigmentation back.
Things are changing in the treatment of vitiligo. There is encouraging work being done with medications that inhibit janus kinase (JAK). JAK inhibitors are potent manipulators of the immune system and have already shown benefit for patients with vitiligo.
Treatment research studies at CDCRI in San Diego
If you have vitiligo, contact us today to learn more about opportunities to treat this difficult and frustrating condition.