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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-89

Impact of vitiligo in afflicted patients

1 Department of Dermatology, Army College of Medical Sciences, Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2349-5847.147045

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Diseases affecting the skin are visible to others; therefore, patients with skin diseases not only cope with the effect of the disease, but also with the reaction of people to their disease. Skin color plays an important role in an individual's perception of health, desirability, worth and wealth. Vitiligo presents as milky-white patches in the skin and/or mucosae which can result in psychosocial distress and social stigmatization. Vitiligo has a profound impact on the quality of life (QoL) of the patient. Vitiligo affects emotional, physical, social, psychological and occupational aspects of the QoL of an individual. An empathetic and supportive doctor-patient interaction, information regarding vitiligo, prompt treatment, good social support, psychotherapeutic interventions or psychotropic therapy can help the patient to live with their disease, and to manage the associated psychosocial and psychiatric comorbidity.

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