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What steps can I take to help a loved one cope with vitiligo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

If your parent has vitiligo, there are some things you can do to help him cope with this skin disorder:

  • Make sure your parent sees a trusted doctor who understands vitiligo. This may be a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions.
  • Go to the doctor's appointment with your parent. Be sure the doctor listens to and answers your parent's questions about vitiligo and that your parent feels supported.
  • Ask the doctor about the use of sunscreen with vitiligo and the importance of avoiding a tan. Make sure your parent understands this information and knows the proper sun protection factor (SPF) to use.
  • Read more about vitiligo on reputable medical sites on the Internet. Help your parent gain a better understanding of this skin condition and how it might affect people emotionally.
  • Find out about skin cosmetics that can be used to conceal depigmented skin patches on the face, neck, arms, or hands. Help your parent understand how to use these cosmetics.

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