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Where can I get a phototherapy narrow band machine for personal use to manage vitiligo in Singapore and how much do they cost?

Phototherapy is a good treatment option for vitiligo. It is important for you to see your dermatologist before purchasing a machine for a proper assessment. When undergoing phototherapy, there is a treatment regime in the delivery of phototherapy to optimise the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize the side effects such as burns. Your doctor will be able to advice you on this. There are also localized hand held phototherapy devices for small areas of vitiligo and larger half or full body machines for large areas of vitiligo. The cost depends on the type of machines.

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Are there any differences in treatment options for small vitiligo patches versus large vitiligo patches?

For the treatment of vitiligo, topical treatment with steroids or calcineurin inhibitors is the first-line treatment. For small areas of vitiligo, topical treatment is a good option. If the area of involvement is larger, it is much more difficult to apply the creams. Phototherapy is also a good option for vitiligo. It can be delivered to a small area i. e. localized phototherapy or to the whole body. For extensive vitiligo, full-body phototherapy will be a good option.

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