No matter how much you hate it, all vitiligo treatments aren’t designed for your convenience. Going through a ‘difficult to follow’ treatment can make you less carefree, which could be understandably stressful. But, if you notice improvement along the way, it’s going to be worth it. On the contrary, not following the treatment correctly can worsen your problem.
So, how would you make the most of your existing treatment? By knowing certain don’ts. Here’s what vitiligo fighters often do to wreck their vitiligo treatment. You should ensure not to make these mistakes.
1. Sharing sketchy information
Many vitiligo fighters don’t tell their doctor about their vitiligo history. At times, they just thumbnail sketch the time of emergence and pattern of their first vitiligo patch. This can be quite tricky for your doctor. Since there are no standard diagnostic tools for vitiligo, understanding the cause of the skin disorder laregly rests on the information provided by you. If you don’t do that, your diagnosis will not be 100% accurate. And, if the diagnosis isn’t right, perhaps the wrong vitiligo treatment could be prescribed.
2. Following the treatment irregularly
If you get the prescription for medication, you must maintain the right medication schedule. Many vitiligo fighters (particularly those who are extremely hopeless) don’t take their medicines rightly.
Most of the allopathic medicines are designed to be taken every day. When not taken regularly, they don’t work effectively, and their side-effects may show up. Result? Many of us give up the treatment prematurely or start taking them every other day without consulting our doctors. Result? Once you stop the treatment prematurely, it takes longer than before for the same drugs to begin working again.
3. Increasing the consumption of alcohol
Most people consider alcohol as something that reduces inhibitions and relaxes them and maybe helps some sleep. But, alcohol is a depressant. It depresses blood pressure, respiration, and mood – something a vitiligo fighter should not be very casual about. These factors ultimately deteriorate the effectiveness of the treatment.
4. Maintaining the right treatment compliance
Many vitiligo treatments work best when perused with the prescribed diet and positive lifestyle changes. If you are asked to cut on specific melanin destructive food or asked to take sunbath every morning, you must practice that. It’s important to trust your doctor and follow his/her instruction religiously. Investing in the medication half-heartily (like going through photo therapy and not following oral medicine regime) and expecting positive changes is not reasonable.
If the lack of self-encouragement is making it difficult to keep up with your treatment, reading these 8 tips to stay motivated during vitiligo treatment should help.