Is there any cure for Vitiligo?
We live in a world where we have set standards for everything, from how much you should be earning to the perfect looks and body. In such a scenario, having unusual appearance due to conditions like vitiligo can have devastating impacts on your psychological and emotional well-being.
In order to raise awareness and about vitiligo and ease the psychological trauma of vitiligo patients, we observe the World Vitiligo Day on 25th June.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a skin disorder in which the pigment cells die or stop producing melanin. This disorder leaves patches of colorless skin all over the person’s body, who has vitiligo. This skin condition is more prominently visible in dark-skinned people.
- Vitiligo can affect people of any age or gender.
- It is usually a lifelong condition with no cure for it. However, it is not painful.
- It isn’t contagious.
- The skin area affected by vitiligo varies from person to person.
- The patched skin areas are more sensitive to sunlight than normal skin.
- Sometimes the patches may spread to further areas, while they may also remain stable for years. It is totally unpredictable.
Living with Vitiligo
Though vitiligo isn’t painful, it does come with a lot of psychological trauma. The people around, such as the ones on elevators or other passersby, get uncomfortable with these spots, making the vitiligo patient feel low of himself. It causes anxiety, emotional trauma, low confidence and even depression, making it difficult for people to live with vitiligo. Many try to keep their patches covered with makeup for years.
Though not painful, vitiligo is still more than a mere cosmetic problem. It does need medical attention. There are several treatment options that can help in reducing the visibility of this skin condition and also provide relief to the person.
- Using sunscreen can protect the lighter skin patches from burning since these spots get more sensitive to the sunlight.
- A number of topical creams and ointments, such as monobenzone and mequinol, can help in repigmenting the skin. However, in most cases, the affected skin areas remain discolored for a lifetime.
- Laser treatments, targeting affected skin areas with light therapy
- Phototherapy with UVA light: Vitiligo patients take a drug that increases their skin’s sensitivity to UV light. After that, the affected areas of their skin are exposed to high doses of UVA light.
- Some patients choose surgical skin drafting sessions to gain even-toned skin. It is a complex procedure where surgeons carefully remove healthy patches of skin to cover affected skin areas. This treatment comes with a risk of scarring and skin infections and is thus, not common.
Don’t let vitiligo change the way you look at yourself. Be confident of who you are and stay positive always.
There is no need to feel anxious or depressed due to how this skin disorder makes you look like. Visit our Psychiatry and Behavioral Health department at PSRI Hospital to resolve anxiety, depression, other emotional issues, stress management. Our relaxation therapies and sessions with experienced counselors will make you feel better.
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