How is vitiligo treated? Is the treatment any good?

These are the two questions usually asked by people with vitiligo because this illness affects one’s life really hard. Even those who know that it’s just a non-contagious skin disease, feel uncomfortable even just shaking hands with its victims. Vitiligo is a bane of normal social life, besides, it can’t be completely cured – that’s exactly why people get desperate and try everything they’re offered just to get rid of it. Read our article: Vitiligo: myths and facts

That’s what some scammers use to get a lot of money for nothing, offering “revolutionary”, “100% effective” or “secret formula” methods of curing vitiligo. At best, the patients get sugar pills or vitamins, but sometimes the “treatment” is dangerous and may seriously harm your health even more than it’s already done.

Not to fall victim of such scammers, remember – modern medical science doesn’t have an effective cure for vitiligo that really makes the illness disappear. When someone comes up with a solution – you’ll know. Everyone will, actually, because it’s not going to be a relatively cheap “revolutionary secret formula”. When this happens, pharmaceutical companies all over the world will start a commercial war just to get their hands on the rights for the treatment method.

Anyway, what we have now is just a number of ways to slow down the damage spread, stop the symptoms from getting worse and probably keeping the illness at bay for you to enjoy normal social life. There are topical and general treatment ways, with the first ones being more effective, usually. For example – corticosteroid ointment can be applied on damaged skin, but the efficiency of this therapy is quite arguable. Phototherapy for vitiligo treatment is an effective method, which can be also used to cure other skin diseases. It’s known that a certain amount of UV light can influence the state of your skin quite positively.

The good thing about UV phototherapy for vitiligo is the fact that you can do it at home. It takes time and strict adherence to the treatment regulations, but it’s quite effective, in comparison to everything else. The only reason why UV lamps are not thought of as a real help – the danger of getting a carcinoma, a melanoma or another type of skin cancer, which is even worse than vitiligo itself.

In any way – all these dangers are scaring those people, who aren’t used to taking any responsibility. If you’re interested, it’s quite normal to have a UV lamp at home to get rid of those ugly patches of damaged skin. Your health, your life – your responsibility.

Posted: May 19, 2014 by Patrick Lowe 1,258
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