Am I on the right treatment for vitiligo?
Q: I am 32 years old and suffering from vitiligo. My doctor has prescribed Vitix gel, Antoxid tablets to be taken every morning, Trimop forte tablets to be taken every alternate day, and Dexona 4 tablets to be taken twice a week. Am I on the right treatment? Do I really need the steroids prescribed?
A:A number of medical therapies, most of which are applied topically, can reduce the appearance of white patches with vitiligo. Some of the most commonly used ones include:
- Topical steroid therapy
- Psoralen photochemotherapy (also known as psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy, or PUVA therapy)
- Topical psoralen photochemotherapy (often used for people with a small number of depigmented patches affecting a limited part of the body)
- Oral psoralen photochemotherapy (used for people with extensive vitiligo, affecting more than 20 per cent of the body)
- Depigmentation—this treatment involves fading the rest of the skin on the body to match the areas that are already white. For people who have vitiligo on more than 50 per cent of their bodies, depigmentation may be the best treatment option. Patients apply the drug monobenzylether of hydroquinone.
- Autologous skin grafts
- Skin grafts using blisters
- Micropigmentation (tattooing)