How To Deal With Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a Chronic skin disease that makes your skin lose its pigments. It is not contagious, and it does not affect your health!
Vitiligo is a disease which explains itself better as a pigmentation disorder in the human skin. The human skin contains special skin cells called melanocytes responsible for producing the pigment melanin which colors the skin. In Vitiligo melanocytes as well as mucous membranes that line the inside of the mouth, nose, genital and rectal areas, and the retina of the eyes are destroyed. As a result, white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. The hair may also turn white that grows in areas affected by Vitiligo.
Vitiligo as a disease is becoming widely known but the reason behind this disease is not yet found but it is believed that this disease is hereditary which means, kids whose parents have an history of suffering with Vitiligo are more likely to suffer with it too.
Treatments Of Vitiligo
Scientifically there is no proven treatment to cure Vitiligo completely but many treatments help restore lost skin color. It starts as a single patch on anybody area and then it gradually spreads. However with proper medication you can control it from spreading to other body parts.
- Use Cosmetics To add Lost Color
Cosmetic options include makeup, a self-tanner and skin dye. Offers safe way to make Vitiligo less noticeable and is often recommended for children because it avoids possible side effects from medicine.
- Medicine Applied To The Affected Skin Patch
Several different topical medicines can re-pigment the skin. Such treatments are prescribed for small areas. The most commonly prescribed medicine is a potent or super-potent topical corticosteroid. About half, 45 percent, of patients regain at least some skin color after 4 to 6 months. A topical corticosteroid may be combined with another medicine to improve results. Topical medicine works best in people with darkly pigmented skin.
- Laser Or Light Treatment
This treatment uses light to re-pigment the skin. Patient sits in a light box or receives excimer laser treatments. While Light box is mostly used to treat widespread Vitiligo, laser is used to treat small area. This treatment works best on the face; patients need 2 to 3 treatments per week for several weeks. This treatment at times may be combined with another treatment such as topical corticosteroid.
- PUVA Light Therapy
This treatment uses UVA light and a medicine called psoralen to restore skin color. Psoralen may be applied to the skin or can be taken as a pill. This treatment can treat widespread Vitiligo. Psoralen can affect the eyes negatively, so this treatment requires eye exams before starting treatment and after finishing treatment.
Surgery may be an option when light therapy and medicines applied to the skin do not work. Surgery is an option for adults whose Vitiligo has been stable for at least 6 months.
How To Deal With Vitiligo
The change in appearance caused due to Vitiligo can affect your emotional and psychological well-being. You may experience emotional stress, particularly if Vitiligo develops on visible areas of your body, such as your face, hands, arms or feet. This may make you feel embarrassed, ashamed, depressed or worried about how others will react. Young people, who are often particularly concerned about their appearance become less confident and slowly start to socialize less.
There is no proven complete cure of this disease, but you should not be disheartened, instead try the following tips, probably this will help you to cope up:
- As soon as you know you have Vitiligo, you should approach a good dermatologist. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of skin.
- Do more elaborate research about it, try to know every detail about Vitiligo. Find out as much as you can about Vitiligo and its treatment options so that you can decide and discuss with your Dermatologist about the most suited treatment for you.
- Communicate with your doctor and let your doctor know if you’re feeling depressed. He or she can refer you to specialized mental health professionals to help you deal with the depression.
- Seek understanding and support from your family and friends. Try to be around your loved ones as much as possible.
- Do not hide. When people ask about your disease, do not try to hide, instead be open about it and tell them about the disease. Everybody has some odds and Vitiligo is probably your odd.
I could say all this because my Dad has it. But he behaves just as we all do and is taking topical cream treatments, trust me it takes really very long to heal, may be months or years, but this has not got my Dad affected at all and it should not affect you too, if you also suffer from Vitiligo.
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