Vitiligo - selected therapeutic methods in the opinion dermatologists
Michał Wiciński, Joanna Klonowska, Kais Mohaissen, Agata Granoszewska
Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Wyższa Szkoła Inżynierii i Zdrowia w Warszawie
Introduction. The study presents the problem of vitiligo. Vitiligo is a chronic disease, manifested by discoloration patches, resulting from selective damage to melanocytes. The key is the right approach to treatment, as the choice of therapy should be fully indywidual. The interdyscyplinary approach to patient is also important as psychologist should work with the patient.
Aim. The aim of the study is to present contemporary methods of treatment and masking skin lesions used in cases of patients with vitiligo. Survey respondents had to present the most important aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, as well aspatients´ knowledge about the disease.
Materials and Methods. The study involved a group of 10 dermatologists with many years of experience in the treatment of patients with vitiligo. Participation in the survey was anonymous. The survey was conducted among dermatologists practicing in two cities, counting respectively below 100 000 and above 300 000 residents.
Results. Patients with vitiligo cooperate with the doctor during the treatment. Most of the them continued their therapy after obtaining positive results. The level of patients knowledge and awareness of the disease, was positively assessed by respondents.
Conclusions. It has been proved that the effects of the treatment are visible after 3-6months. Despite treatment results were not satisfactory in case of some patients. Pharmacological therapy is an alternative to another methods of treatment of vitiligo.
Key words: vitiligo, pharmacotherapy, skin, phototherapy