Lupus vulgaris is the most common form of Mycobacterium tuberculosis skin infection. These painful, chronic lesions commonly develop on the face, neck, ears, eyelids, and around the nose. The condition is very rare, even in countries where tuberculosis still occurs. But it can lead to considerable impairment of function, disfigurement, and in some cases, skin cancer when left untreated.
Patients suffering from lupus vulgaris are encouraged to see a dermatologist or a general physician as soon as possible. This is to stop the condition from progressing and to avoid serious, irreversible complications. The condition is diagnosed with diascopy and is treated with drug therapy. It can also be managed with light therapy or phototherapy in which the affected body part is exposed to specific wavelengths of light using lasers and light-emitting diodes, among others. Such treatment methods are widely available in Southeast Asia.
Patients with lupus vulgaris who are considering medical tourism have various options when it comes to their destination. One of the frontrunners is Thailand. This Southeast Asian country excels in the field of aesthetics and advanced skin care. Many of its medical facilities and dedicated dermatology clinics have invested in advanced technology and modern facilities to provide patients with both common and rare skin conditions the most effective and most innovative treatments available. Most of these facilities are staffed by dermatologists with qualifications and years of practice in Western countries. They bring to the table their knowledge on breakthrough methods that can substantially improve treatment outcomes. Medical tourists can also access the same quality of care in Singapore, which is recognised for its highly developed medical infrastructure and globally-recognised hospitals with many of them accredited by the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI).