What is it?

Morphea refers to a condition which is characterized by painless, discolored patches on the skin. It is more common in the abdomen, chest and back. It may also affect deeper layers of the skin.
Its texture changes over time. It improves on its own, but sometimes may recur.

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Additional names

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- Morphea

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include oval patches on the skin, red or purple, which gradually become lighter.
Texture of the skin changes into firm, thickened, dey or shiny.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include skin biopsy.


Treatment may go away after a few years, without any treatment. Treatment options may include creams, light therapy, oral medication such as immunosuppressants and steroids for severe morphea.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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