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Can vitiligo be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Since the cause of vitiligo is not well understood, it is difficult to know whether vitiligo can be prevented. Genes may affect whether people develop vitiligo, as may having other diseases or disorders like diabetes and autoimmune conditions. People with vitiligo often have sensitive skin; whether or not good skin care practices will one day be proven to help prevent vitiligo is unknown, but it is always a good idea to practice sun safety. This includes wearing a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or greater, wearing sunglasses, staying out of the sun during peak hours, and wearing protective hats and clothing.

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