Who is a Good Candidate For Repigmentation?
Not all individuals with Vitiligo are good candidates for repigmentation therapies. Good candidates generally meet the following requirements: • Pigment loss of less than five years duration for patients over 20 years of age. In general, children and young adults respond better than older people. • Patients should be at least 10 years old (when settling for PUVA). Treatment is safe for younger children, but because treatments may be tedious to them, better results may be achieved when the child is interested in treatment. An individual must be committed to the treatment because it is a long process that requires a great deal of patience. • Patients should be healthy. Any associated illness, such as hyperthyroidism, should be treated at the same time as the vitiligo. • For PUVA therapy only, a pregnant woman should not be treated because of the potential harmful effects of the drug on her developing baby.