Patient Comments: Vitiligo - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your vitiligo?

Comment from: csv, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I have been suffering from vitiligo for the past 4 years. I have tried homeopathy for 3 years with limited success. I came to know about Unani treatment when some doctors suggested it to me. You are given a dietary chart to follow along with topical and oral medicines.

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Comment from: sally, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

The only thing that helped my vitiligo was UVB light. It regained some color. You can purchase the hand held lights online. The only thing that helped to stop the spreading was some alterations to my diet. I only drink filtered water. When I have tea I do not use any sugar. Sugar avoidance and red meat avoidance as well as consuming only filtered water has done wonders for me. I don't eat citrus fruits or drinks. I also avoid juices from the store as they are packed with sugar. I don't use harsh chemicals at home or bleach.

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Comment from: Smiley, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I was diagnosed with vitiligo about nine months ago. I started using 100% cocoa butter in the tube, and it helped make the white spots around my eyes and ears less noticeable.

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Comment from: TheAlaskan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I've had vitiligo my whole life. I'm 20 now with 80% coverage of it. I have a hubby and a kid and a life outside of the house! The greatest treatment I've found is simply accepting it. It is who you are. I think of it as art. I had a horrible time with people (even family) gawking at it and treating me horrible. School was especially horrible! But I found great friends who used my white patches like a coloring book. (I'm part Native American so I had it visible year-round). I love to safely tan every summer to see what changes happened during the winter. I finally embraced it. I'm not like all the other sheep in the pasture, so to speak. I'm me! Sure it's hard, but what isn't? Life shouldn't stop because you are different.

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Comment from: Akansha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I was also suffering from leucoderma (vitiligo), and I was just tired of the many treatments. And I spent lots of money for a cure for this disease. But I could not get relief. One day my friend who is living told me about an Ayurvedic medicine Paardadi Lape (roop chandani). I used it and got my real skin tone back in one month.

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Comment from: Skowas, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

At the age of 16 I had vitiligo and it was cured after taking homeopathy medicine, in six months. I was vitiligo free for 35 years. In 2012 January I found the white spots back and since then I have been taking homeopathy medicine from a different doctor. The result is slow, but for sure it stays in the same spots. I wish my first doctor were still alive. Stay positive and hopefully it will go away. Currently in addition to homeopathy I am using Microskin cover up make up and it helps if I do not use tie. Without using tie the makeup stays a few days and you can wash your face and it does not rub off.

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Comment from: Desperada, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I developed vitiligo 4 years ago. At the beginning the dermatologist injected cortisone to slow down the patches from spreading fast. I have the patches on the back of the neck, all over the stomach and in the lower part of my fingers. After many treatments the doctor told me that the cortisone was accumulative and it would make my upper stomach and the upper back to grow and that the skin would get loose. I didn't want to hear anymore, I never went back. The thing is that she was right and now I have a big upper stomach, fat on my back that makes me looks like I have a hunch.

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Comment from: Robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

My vitiligo developed only in the last year and has progressed to every part of my body. Yes, I was quite distressed but have now accepted that there is simply nothing that I can do to stop it. People ask what it is and I just tell them. It is not contagious so there is nothing to fear in that regard. I avoid sunlight without using sunscreen as it burns so much faster than the unaffected parts. I was discussing tattoos with a friend and he said jokingly that he was not going to get anything quite as radical as I had (referring to the white patches on my arms). I pointed out one small patch and said it was a map of the Ukraine. We both laughed and that was that. My point is that none of us should take it so seriously as to allow it to lead to depression or feeling badly about ourselves. You are still the same person you have always been. Anyone who teases you about it is not a friend anyway. Whatever anyone else thinks about it is none of your business.

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