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What is Vitiligo?

The aim of this eBooklet is to explain what vitiligo is; a common condition which makes the skin, and sometimes the hair, turn white in patches. This is because melanocytes, the cells which give skin its colour, have been damaged.


Just diagnosed?

If you have white patches of skin, it is important to go to your doctor for a diagnosis. The commonest type of vitiligo is symmetrical with the patches often on the hands, on folds of skin at the armpit and groin, and around the body's "openings" - mouth, eyes and genitals.

 

Making Decisions About Treatments

The aim of this eBooklet is to help you think through the choices that are available to you.

 

Guidelines given to doctors

Giving diagnoses and prescribing treatments are clearly the responsibility of doctors. Patients cannot instruct their doctor to do anything, but it is useful for patients to know what doctors (and other medical professionals) are advised to do for patients with vitiligo.

 

A positive approach

This e booklet aims to help you take a positive approach to coping with vitiligo and managing the reactions of other people, whilst recognising that living with the condition can be difficult.

 

Emotional Support

This eBooklet is aimed at people who are experiencing distress as a result of having vitiligo. The Information is based on the experiences of other people with the condition to help you understand your reactions and to reassure you that you are not alone in facing the challenges that vitiligo can present.It is intended to be read with the other eBooklet which gives practical  advice about how to live with the condition, Living with vitiligo - a positive approach.