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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