You may feel stressed, self-conscious, sad, ashamed or even devastated by the change in your appearance caused by vitiligo. You may feel that the condition limits your ability to go about your daily activities, especially if it's widespread or affects visible areas of your body, such as the face, hands, arms and feet.
These tips may help you cope with vitiligo:
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- Make a good connection. Find a doctor who knows a lot about the condition. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of skin.
- Learn all about it. Find out as much as you can about the condition and your treatment options so that you can help decide what steps to take.
- Communicate your feelings. Let your doctor know if you're feeling depressed. He or she can refer you to a mental health provider who specializes in helping people deal with depression.
- Talk with others. Ask your doctor about support groups in your area for people with vitiligo. Or contact the National Vitiligo Foundation at 513-793-6834 or Vitiligo Support International at 434-326-5380 to find support groups.
- Confide in loved ones. Seek understanding and support from your family and friends.
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