Spreading of vitiligo patches
There is no way to predict whether vitiligo will be spread or not. Vitiligo skin disorder is progressive in mode, thus as the times flow these patches can be spread on all over the body. The period of spreading of white patches on different or on all body is depends on the patient’s condition. It can be spread slowly or rapidly.
Diagnosis of Vitiligo
It is very easy to diagnose a vitiligo disease. White spots or patches simply show that a person is indulging in vitiligo. If a doctor suspects that a person has vitiligo, he or she usually begins by asking the person about his or her medical history.
Imperative factors in a person's medical history are:
- A family history of vitiligo
- Sunburn or sun exposure (UV rays)
- Other skin disorder, associated along with vitiligo such as diabetes, Halo naevi etc
- Physical illness or stress
- Premature graying of the hair
- Family history of autoimmune disease
- Sensitivity of patient’s skin
- Patient’s blood sample etc
Emotional and Psychological Aspects of Vitiligo
A vitiligo patient start considers himself inferior to others, due to the appearance of the disease, and loses his confidence. People around him isolate him, or ignore him. In ancient time, it was supposed that there is no cure or treatment is available for the disease, but luckily now medical science discover many therapies or treatments that can help a patient to fight against its disease.
In this sense, several strategies that can help a person to cope with vitiligo are:
- Patient should consult a vitiligo specialist doctor
- Doctor should provide emotional support to his patient
- Patients need to let their doctors to know if they are suffering with depress feelings
- Patients should also learn as much as possible about the disorder and treatment choices so that they
can participate in making important decisions
- Patient should keep his confidence and should talk with people
- Family and friends are a source of support, so both of these should understand the feelings of the
Treatment Options for vitiligo
The goal of treating vitiligo disease is to reproduce the pigments cells in patient’s skin. Therapy for vitiligo takes a long time--it usually must be continued for 6 to 18 months. The choice of therapy depends on the number of white patches and how widespread they are and on the patient's preference for treatment. Each patient responds differently to therapy, and a particular treatment may not work for everyone.
Treatments that are given to patient’s are:
- Photochemotherapy or light therapy
- Ayurvedic treatment
- Allopathic treatment
- Topical applications, such as vitiligo creams, lotions, or other special cosmetics of vitiligo etc