Not many know about vitiligo and there seems to start an agonizing journey of vitiligo patients. There are a lot of myths and unknown facts about vitiligo that can further delay treatment. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which the cells that make pigment, melanocytes are destroyed and white patches appear on different parts of the body. Many people think that the disease cannot be cured or does not have any treatment. Though, partially it is true but there are medications that can at least make the condition better to live with.
There are several treatment options available to choose from based on the condition of your skin. Let your doctor decide what treatment is most suitable for you. However, you should know what options or treatments you have.
Application of topical
Your doctor can prescribe Benoquin cream. Benoquin cream contains monobenzone, an active ingredient, which helps your skin to look even with the rest of the skin affected with vitiligo. The cream works by permanently removing color from normal skin located around the skin of vitiligo. This makes the skin appearance looks even and better.
During light therapy, your skin is exposed to ultraviolet A (UVA) light from a special lamp, after you had a medicine called psoralen that makes your skin more sensitive to the light. The medicine can be taken orally or you can add it to your bath water. The type of treatment is sometimes called PUVA (psoralen and ultraviolet A light). However, the drawback of this treatment is it can increase the risk of skin cancer due to the excessive exposure to UVA rays.
Skin grafting is expensive and risky treatment as this type of treatment is usually time-consuming and has a risk of scarring. During a skin graft, a surgeon will remove a thin layer of normal skin from one area of your body and attach it to the white area.
Sometimes you doctor may recommend trying more than one treatment. For example, pimecrolimus creams are sometimes used with laser therapy. Also, you will be advised to apply high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn and long-term damage.
Your doctor may advise you to cover up with using cosmetic products such as makeup or dye to cover the white patches.
It’s important to understand the psychological impact that leaves vitiligo on people. Counseling and joining support groups can heal their psychological wounds. Speaking to a psychologist can give you confidence and boost your self-esteem. Joining similar support groups can help you to cope better with your condition.
Certainly, the treatments can be helpful depending on your skin condition, but moreover, it’s important to keep yourself updated with vitiligo advanced treatments and options.
Do not lose hope or believe on others whereas they themselves may not have sufficient knowledge about vitiligo but trusting your GP and discussing with him about the treatment options can, in fact, improve the quality of your life.