How does vitiligo affect daily life?

Although vitiligo is not contagious or life threatening, it may cause one to feel self-conscious and/or stressed. People with vitiligo may be at an increased risk for social/psychological problems, stress, sun burn, skin cancer, eye problems such as iris inflammation, and hearing loss.  
 
It is very important that people with vitiligo, especially those with light skin, protect their skin from the sun in order to prevent sun burn/tanning, which may worsen their condition, and also to prevent damage to their skin. It is advised that people with vitiligo wear sunscreen and/or protective clothing, and avoid tanning beds. 
 
It is also advised that people with vitiligo avoid tattooing that is not related to treating their vitiligo because tattooing may trigger a new patch of vitiligo to form. 
 
 
living with vitiligo
 
 

Sources
  • "Vitiligo." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 18 May. 2017. Web. 06 Mar. 2018.
  • “Vitiligo.” American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. AOCD, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2018. 
  • “Vitiligo.” American Academy of Dermatology Association. AAD, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2018.

 

 

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