Treatment of vitiligo can test your patience
The diagnosis of vitiligo is usually associated with several emotional traumas and it is not unusual for the affected individual to get panic. People start looking for a treatment which is sure, permanent and which works in the flash of a second. It is understandable, alright! But panic does not get you anywhere except that it will spread to your well-wishers also as an infection and beats the purpose. If you think that white patches on your skin are due to vitiligo and you feel concerned about it, the first thing that you need to do it is to see an expert who can make a confident diagnosis and guide you accordingly.
OK! it does turn out to be vitiligo it may still not be as bad as you initially thought of it. Many patches of vitiligo may disappear on their own and never come back and waiting patiently for a while may be extremely rewarding. If the patches persist they may not need treatment if they are situated on an area which is normally not exposed or if they are very small. Even large patches may not be visible if have a very fair skin. If however your white patches are significant and you certainly want to treat them you must realize that vitiligo is chronic disease and chronic diseases usually require a fairly long and protracted course of treatment.
Even with the most promising treatment options you will need to continue for 6 to 18 months. And there is a slight possibility that you may still not benefit and have to look for another option with the stop watch starting from zero again. If you panic and switch prematurely to another treatment option you may not be able to benefit from either.
There are certain treatment options which may require of you something more than plain simple patience. For example you may have to go repeatedly for treatment sessions in case of PUVA/ UVB/ Eximer laser treatments. Some remedies may want you to commit yourself to a particular life style in which you have to schedule your sun baths, sun screens and alike.
Bottom line is that patience always rewards weather you have vitiligo or not.