Type of disease: Rare conditions
Juvenile Scleroderma is a rare disease that affects the skin. “Sclera” meaning hardening and “derma” meaning skin. Juvenile Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s defense system that fights bacteria and viruses accidentally attacks healthy cells. Juvenile Scleroderma is either localized or systematic. Localized Scleroderma is far more common. It affects the skin. Systematic Scleroderma is a more serious illness. It affects the skin and the internal organs like the kidney, heart, and lungs. Most children with the disease have Localized Scleroderma. Symptoms including hardening of the skin, pink patches, white patches, or discolored streaks on the skin can last from a few months up to a couple of years. It usually goes away by adulthood. Juvenile Scleroderma can cause permanent damage to joints. Support groups like Scleroderma foundation provide resources for individuals with this disease. Always speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.