Can you please tell me about morphea?
What is morphea?
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By: Laser Lipo and Vein Center
| Thomas Wright M.D. F.A.C.P.
Replied on: 6/7/2010
Morphea is a skin condition that causes reddish or purplish patches on your skin. Morphea is a localized form of scleroderma, a condition that can cause a wide variety of problems, from skin discoloration to difficulty with the normal function of joints and muscles and other connective tissues. Morphea has no known cure. Treatment of morphea focuses on controlling the signs and symptoms and slowing its spread.Because morphea may get better on its own without treatment, and most treatments have side effects, your doctor may suggest no treatment or treatment with a mild topical corticosteroid cream.
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