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Morphea - Signs, Symptoms & Treatment Options

About


A painless condition causing discolored and hardened patches on the skin.
A rare skin condition that affects less than 0.00003% of the population. [1]
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Diagnosis might require lab tests and examination
- Can happen to both the genders, though more common in women


Patches or a patch of discolored skin usually appears on the abdomen, back, or chest. They can also appear on the face, torso, arms and legs. This patches might become hard and smooth with time. It usually affects only the outer level of the skin and does not involve any internal organ. These patches usually go away on their own but lack of treatment can lead to a relapse.
Ages affected - people, of all ages - more common in the age group of 2 to 14 years or above 40.


Symptoms


Self-diagnosis
Purplish or reddish oval skin patches on the abdomen, back, or chest
Patches becoming whitish or lighter
People may experience
These patches becoming hard, dry, and smooth over time
Loss of sweat glands and hair in the affected area
Lesions affecting the deeper tissues and causing disfigurement
Mobility issues
Eye-damage (in children)


Treatment


Self-care
Moisturizers to keep the skin soft and avoiding long hot showers


Medications
Medicated creams that are enriched with vitamin D, corticosteroid cream for inflammation, oral immunosuppressive medicines - all these come with side effects and should not be tried unless prescribed by the doctor


Specialist
Light therapy or phototherapy in the case of widespread morphea. Talk to a mfine expert to get treated for morphea and any other ailment to lead a disease-free life.

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