Morphea can either be localized (limited to one or several patches) or generalized (spread over larger areas of the body). It usually affects only the uppermost layers of the skin, but in some cases it may involve tissue below the skin or restrict movement of the joints.
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I've been suffering for 4 years, and now this disease has become very painful. What is the treatment? How much time does it take to recover, and what should be my diet? Do smoking and liquor escalate this disease? See answer
I was diagnosed with morphea on my trunk in 1987. Treatment with penicillamine and Accutane was unsuccessful. After about 5 years, the condition went into remission. About seven years later the morphea returned, this time on my lower legs and feet. It has been treated with various medications and treatments without success. My doctors have told me that there is nothing that can be done. What treatments are recommended for morphea? See answer
Can a mother pass morphea on to her child if it is active during the pregnancy? See answer
What is morphea and atrophoderma of Pierini and Pasini? How is atrophoderma of Pierini and Pasini treated? See answer
I was diagnosed with generalized morphea 4 years ago. Although it appears to be fading away, the pain has increased. Could this indicate that I am developing scleroderma inside my organs? How would I tell if this is the case? Can I possibly die from either of these diseases? See answer