I’m sure by now the amount of money you have spent trying potential cures for vitiligo may be close to $1000. Isn’t it time to see if you are eligible to get some help? Vitiligo treatments using the Photomedex XTRAC Excimer Laser are covered by some health insurance companies. Does yours? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Call your insurance provider and ask if they cover the XTRAC Excimer Laser treatments for patients diagnosed with vitiligo— tell them you have a diagnosis code, 709.01
2. Your doctor or dermatologist’s office will need to send a pre-determination letter to your insurance provider because you will need to prove that it is medically necesary.
3. If you don’t have a dermatologist, ask your insurance provider for the names of a few dermatologist in your area. Call each to find out if the provide XTRAC Excimer Laser, or you can go to the Photomedex website to do a search.
I have to tell you that I am quite surprised by how long I have persevered with the whole regime. Sometimes I think it has been ‘overkill, ‘ but my use of several therapies in combination is a deliberate strategy. As I stated, I tend to use several treatments in moderation, rather than relying on frequent use of a single therapy. For example, this means that I limit NB UVB to 1-2x per week, rather than every second day, and piperine 1-2x per week rather than daily. The only thing I do daily is to pop a normal B-group multivitamin and a herbal (ayurvedic) pill that contains psoralens.
Anyway, I don’t want people to get any idea that this is a quick miracle cure, because it isn’t. On the other hand, there has been undoubted and considerable improvement in my condition, so it’s probably worth sharing the experience.
I am experimenting with taking B12, folic acid, and Vit. C. I have had positive results, but I have read that one needs sunlight to help gain further repigmentation. Can you let me know the recommended time one can sit in the tanning bed without being in danger of burning. Thank you very much for all your useful information.
How much does the laser cost? I’m really interested and desperate on doing the laser treatment..I don’t know if my insurance will cover it and spreading rapidly on my body.
I read your article about pepper possibly improving repigmentation in vitiligo patients. I have had vitiligo for nearly 10 years. However, it is a very mild case and was not exposed on my face until a few years ago. My dermatologist has put me on a topical cream that doesn’t seem to do much for me. I applied it for three months with little to no improvements. I actually seemed to have more success without the medicine on my face. My case seems to be based on stress. Vitiligo didn’t even break out on my face until I had a breakup with a girl I dated for three years. At the time I was very depressed and the vitiligo became noticeable on my face. Since then I got married and am living a very happy life. However, the vitiligo is still noticeable when I am not dying my beard. My question to you is….How could someone crush up the black pepper small enough to be absorbed and could it be mixed with Vaseline for application? I was also curious about your thoughts on home UVB lights. Could these be beneficial for use if exposure was very minimal. I can’t afford the treatments at the dermatologist. I would really like to do laser treatments (Excimer laser). However, that is well out of my budget as well. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I really enjoyed your article.
It seems that stress is a trigger for vitiligo in many people that write to me. The key thing to remember when searching for cures is that everybody reacts differently to the myriad of ideas available. The topical cream didn’t work for you (or me), but it works for other patients.
UVB treatments (e.g. Excimer laser) is the only treatment that I have found works for everyone. The possible drawback is that we don’t really know if the new pigmentation is permanent. On that note, the fact that repigmentation even occurs is promising because that means we haven’t lost the ability to pigment; something is just turning off the gene temporarily. Find that trigger and you’ll be a savior to many! The treatments are expensive, but some insurance companies now cover it, so check with yours. Also, I have experienced repigmentation by just sitting in the sun for a few minutes each day…the color only lasted through the summer months though.
The concoction to make a black pepper emulsion is a mystery to me. A few people have commented that they re doing it, but there haven’t been any photos submitted to get a true grasp of the healing ability.
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All the best,
I received a comment from a woman who thinks that she might have vitiligo and her words made me take pause to think. She spoke of having a few autoimmune diseases in her family and about the research she has done to try and find a cure for her own ailments.
The medical community may not agree with patients searching for a cure for their own condition since they have little or no medical training as to the specific complexities of the human body, but from a psychological standpoint, I think it’s the greatest emotional healer. It’s how they get their power back.