There has been a proliferation of vitiligo treatment which leaves patients with indecision regarding the kind of treatment to choose from use of natural herbs to medical anti vitiligo creams, micropigmentation and tattoos among others.
Though they carry with them some risk, use of doctor prescribed creams may help skin regain its color or in extreme cases slow the process that leads to skin depigmentation. In addition, these creams may be phototherapeutic or contain ultraviolet lights to stimulate repigmentation. The creams may include:
- Topical corticosteroid creams – These creams when applied diligently for two or three months will stimulate the repigmentation of the affected skin areas. These creams are not generally recommended for children but in case they have large area of depigmented skin, milder corticosteroids may be prescribed. Patient must be monitored for adverse side effect like a thinning skin.
- Vitamin D derivative creams – An example is Calcipotriene or Davonex. These are either applied topically and alone or they can be combined with other topical creams especially in patients that are experiencing skin thinning or production of lines on the skin from topical creams.
- Hydrocortison creams – These are similar to corticosteroids except they are applied together with vitamin D derivatives.
- Topical immunomodulators – These creams are mainly used for mild cases mainly on face and neck and contain pimecrolimus and tacrolimus. They have fewer side effects compared to other creams especially the corticosoids.
- PUVA creams – Translates to Topical Prosalem Plus Ultraviolet A and are essentially photochemotherapy creams. They are usually used in the early stages when not more than 30 percent of the skin has been depigmented. Also has an oral version.
Home Remedies For Vitiligo
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Alternative Natural Vitiligo Treatment
While most medical treatments for vitiligo may lead to fast relief, they often have side effects that may lead to other skin complications such as cancer.
The natural option is to use herbal and other home-based vitiligo treatment and sometimes in combination with herbal supplements.
However, one must start early and diligently to control vitiligo. They include:
- Mustard oil and turmeric paste – This is applied for an average of ten minutes and preferably 3 times a day. It must be administered diligently before any meaningful results can be obtained.
- Basil, tea tree oil and lime juice paste – This paste or solution is made by crushing fresh basil and mixing with tea tree oil and lime juice overnight. During the day, apply 3 times, each lasting on average 10 minutes. In addition one should stay hydrated and avoid exposure to the sun.
- Ayurvedic – This is a combination of traditional Indian medicine together with modern surgery in the treatment of vitiligo. The doctor usually prescribes a diet that eliminates non-desirables like salt. Puragation, heat therapy and body oils will be extensively used to treat the patient.
Apart from administration of organic herbs, the doctor constantly analyses the blood in a process called venipuncture.
Leeches may also be used in the process. Very experience ayurvedic doctors may combine it with modern surgery such as use of autologous skin grafts where the doctor uses health pieces of skin from other parts of your body to patch up the areas affected with vitiligo.