Vitiligo Treatment Today Vitiligo Treatment Today Vitiligo treatment today will mean using drugs or surgery. However, the relative ineffectiveness of all treatments is well known, with an increased risk of potentially dangerous side-effects, as well as being costly and unaffordable for most people. The available medical vitiligo treatment include steroids, psoralen photochemotherapy, immunomodulators and depigmentation therapy. Steroid Therapy Steroid creams are applied to the patches of white skin with the intention of restoring the original skin colour. For any sort of improvement, the cream will need to be applied for at least 3 months. The negative effect of this treatment is that steroid use may result in unwanted side-effects such as an increased susceptibility to infection, migraines and vision problems. These creams are not recommended for use in treating children, or whenever the face, armpits or genitals are the affected areas of the body. Immunomodulators These are similar to steroids, and are used when the immune system is suspected to be involved in the destruction of melanocytes, but the effectiveness is somewhat limited. An important point to note is that immunomodulators may increase the risk of developing lymphoma and skin cancer.
Psoralen Photochemotherapy This is the re-pigmentation of the white patches of skin using ultraviolet light, combined with psoralen cream or drugs. This treatment is very time-consuming, as it requires 2 or 3 weekly treatment visits to a clinic, over a period of several months. The treatment is also very expensive, and also raises the risk of skin cancer, skin blistering and potential eye damage Depigmentation Therapy If the white patches are widespread and cover most of the body, depigmentation therapy may be the recommended treatment. In this instance, the patient may opt to have the rest of the skin depigmented, by using chemicals to bleach the unaffected parts, in order to match the colour of the areas affected by vitiligo. Acknowledged side-effects of this treatment include extreme sensitivity to sunlight, inflammation and itchy, dry skin As mentioned, the medical vitiligo treatments often prove to be unsuccessful, so surgical therapy may be the chosen option by some patients. However, the costs involved may exclude most people from exploring this option. Skin Grafting This is a common vitiligo surgical procedure in which some skin from an unaffected area of the body is attached to an area that is depigmented. Sometimes, the skin graft is rejected, resulting in inflammation and infection. Even if the graft is successful, the skin can develop a cobblestoned appearance, which can be rather ugly and raise aesthetic, and self-esteem issues. Tattooing Here, the white patches are filled in with a special dye, trying to match the natural colour of the skin. However, perfect matches are extremely hard to find, and the treatment is therefore only recommended for tiny white patches. Vitiligo Natural Treatment As an alternative, safer option, it is possible to treat and cure vitiligo without using drugs or surgery, using herbal and vitamin supplements, combined with healthy food and lifestyle changes. Successful use of this vitiligo treatment has been well documented by doctors and scientists in past medical journals, but this research is not widely reported, especially by interested parties such as drug companies.