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What I learnt from World Vitiligo Day

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What I learnt from World Vitiligo Day

Is vitiligo a skin condition or a disease?

The simple answer is; both. However, how it is referred to in the US compared to the UK differs. This is mostly because of the connotations of both terms. Doctors, Dermatologists and those with the condition tend to refer to vitiligo as a skin condition in the UK. It doesn’t sound so harsh, it’s more socially acceptable and in a way it doesn’t make vitiligo sound so bad. Here in the UK, you can be treated for vitiligo through the NHS, however in the US, the healthcare system is very different. Vitiligo is widely referred to as a disease because it’s the only way a medical condition can receive financial funding. One of the points raised around it being called a disease was that it sounds contagious which I think many people are sensitive too and whilst some were more balanced with the term, a fair point that was raised was that vitiligo should be referred to in a way which is necessary if it means money will be put into research and development.


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About the Author

Natalie Ambersley

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.