Preparing for a Vitiligo Doctor’s Visit
Seeing your doctor is the best approach to find out if you have vitiligo. You can also prepare for your visit by completing these steps:
- Examine any relevant family medical history
- Make a list of any stressful life experiences you’ve had
- Create a list of questions you want to ask your doctor
- Record any chemicals you may have been exposed to
- Think about bringing a friend or family member to accompany you
During your consultation, the doctor will inquire about several aspects of your life, such as your family history and whether or not you have been injured. Your patches will most likely be inspected with an ultraviolet lamp known as a ‘Woods Lamp’ if one is available, which will help narrow down and rule out the likelihood of another skin ailment.
What’s Next After Receiving a Diagnosis?
After being diagnosed with vitiligo, it can be a very upsetting and stressful experience for some. Without a doubt, endless questions will race through your mind. The first thing to remember is that you are not alone; around 70 million people globally are affected by vitiligo (up to 1% of the population).
Vitiligo Support & Solutions
There are numerous support groups and educational resources available to help make it easier to manage. Additionally, there are also a variety of therapies that can help restore pigmentation, albeit the results may not be permanent or even halt patches from spreading.
Not Everyone Needs Treatment
You may decide that you don’t want or need to attempt different treatment options. Once you talk to your doctor or dermatologist about the best solutions available for your specific symptoms, it will be easier to determine the path forward.
Another option for living comfortably with vitiligo is using camouflage to cover up any white areas if you’re feeling self-conscious about them. There are skin camouflages designed specifically as waterproof, long-lasting lotions that blend your vitiligo patches into your original skin tone. When used for the face, it can last 12-18 hours, and when applied to the body, it can last 2-3 days.
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Are you dealing with a recent diagnosis or know someone who has vitiligo? We’re here to help you figure out what works best to manage symptoms and improve overall day-to-day life whether you or someone you love is affected.