Hello friends: Today, I receive many quarries about the treatment of skin whitening. Some of them are just curious and few are too serious to take this therapy. Interestingly, they give references to Kajol and Shilpa Shetty, I really do not know what kind of treatment they have received. Before starting this article, I want to say that the color of the skin is not considered part of its beauty. So I never strongly recommend glutathione therapy. I love dealing with time-tested therapies such as medications, chemical peels and some advanced therapies such as laser toning. I compiled all the questions and tried to give answers that I knew.
What is glutathione?
Glutathione is basically a powerful antioxidant present in our body. Its main function is to neutralize free radicals, toxins and oxidants. In the long term, it is being used by other medical specialties for different diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, cardiovascular diseases, lungs and some diseases of the liver. Interestingly, people found that patients receiving glutathione therapy were becoming fairer, and this concept was taken by dermatologists. A trial therapy was started in some people who wanted to be fairer.
What are the glutathione formulations available in the market?
There are three available formulations of glutathione ·
Injection – These come from 600mg to 16,500mg. Pills – 300 mg to 1200 mg Chewable / pills – Chewable tablets of 300 mg to 600 mg.
How many treatments / sessions will I need?
It has been seen that the formulation of glutathione tablets is not very effective because absorption in the intestine varies from person to person. The absorption is only 20-50% of the dose. That's why intravenous injections are more popular than tablets. There are no treatment guidelines for glutathione injections. The therapy doses vary from 1200 mg to 16,500 mg. I wonder how these medications come in the Indian market. Most of the brands in the gray market are from China. Recently, few Indian companies came with 600 mg glutathione injections that intend to administer weekly therapies once. Glutathione injections come with vitamin C injections; both are mixed with normal saline and administered intravenously for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, after a test dose.
When and how many results can I expect with glutathione therapy?
It has been said that after 5-7 injections, we can see some changes in skin tone. But this varies from person to person. A total of 16 to 20 injections are given weekly.
How long will the results last?
The result is not permanent. An oral or IV maintenance dose is required to keep skin tone lighter. Avoid smoking, alcohol and stress can prolong the effect of glutathione. Long-term studies are not available, so this question has not yet been answered.
How can I take glutathione therapy?
You have to contact your dermatologist and clear all doubts before starting therapy. Personally, I never recommend this therapy because long-term side effects are not known. But a therapy trial can be performed after routine investigations and the appropriate test dose.
What happens during the treatment?
The doctor or medical assistant will evaluate your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature) to make sure that the treatment is viable. A doctor will also administer a test dose of glutathione in your arm and read after half an hour. The doctor will then start the intravenous treatment. During the treatment you can relax, be alert if there is any reaction such as itching, burning, redness or any other sign of reaction. The treatment will last from 45min to 1.5 hours. At the end of the treatment, the vital signs are re-evaluated.
What are the possible side effects of glutathione IV?
Since it is a newer therapy and there are no known long-term side effects, the possible side effects are injection pain and invasion, infection at the injection site, phlebitis, fluid overload, imbalance of electrolytes A severe or life-threatening reaction to the drug such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme may also occur.
Read the full article "All about skin whitening therapy" that Dr. Jangid wrote on Practo.com here: https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/all-about-skin-whitening-therapy-29941 / post
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