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Morphea (Circumscribed Scleroderma)
|Disease:||Morphea (Circumscribed Scleroderma)|
The skin condition that causes purplish or reddish patches on one's skin is called morphea. In general, morphea affects women more than men, though it occurs in all age groups and in both sexes. It usually appears on the arms, legs and torso.
Scleroderma is a condition that can cause a wide variety of problems, from skin discoloration to internal organ damage. Morphea is a localized form of scleroderma. With no damage to the organs, morphea tends to affect only the outermost layers of the skin and can sometimes restrict movement in the joints.
The severity of the condition is what treatment will depend on. One may naturally be concerned about his/her appearance when having morphea. To help with the appearance and other symptoms, medications and other treatments may be recommended.
Prepared by: Scientific Section
Scleroderma is a term that literally means "hard skin", and morphea is a form of scleroderma. This condition is usually chronic or recurrent. The following are the symptoms of morphea:
The exact cause of morphea is not clear. In the development of this rare condition, it is believed that a reaction of the immune system plays a role.
If discolored patches of skin appear on the face, legs and arms, a possible negative effect on the patient's body image and self-esteem is the most common complication.
The treatment of morphea focuses on slowing the spread of the disease and controlling the signs and symptoms. However, there is no known cure for morphea. The earlier one begins treatment, the more effective it is. The exact treatment depends on the extent and severity of the condition, these treatments may include:
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