¿Qué es el vitíligo? El vitíligo es un trastorno crónico (de larga duración) que hace que algunas áreas de la piel pierdan su color natural. Cuando se atacan y se destruyen las células que producen la pigmentación o color de la piel, esta adquiere un aspecto blanco lechoso. Nadie sabe qué causa el vitíligo, pero puede ser una enfermedad autoinmunitaria. En las personas con enfermedades autoinmunitarias, las células inmunitarias atacan por error los tejidos sanos del cuerpo, en lugar de atacar los virus o las bacterias. A veces, una persona con vitíligo puede tener familiares que también tienen la enfermedad
¿Qué son las lesiones en las placas de crecimiento? Las placas de crecimiento son las áreas de tejidos cerca de los extremos de los huesos largos en los niños y los adolescentes que determinan qué longitud y forma tendrá el hueso una vez que ha terminado de crecer. Cada uno de los huesos largos (los huesos de los muslos, los antebrazos, las manos y los dedos) tiene al menos dos placas de crecimiento, una en cada extremo. Una vez que su hijo haya terminado de crecer, las placas de crecimiento se cierran y son reemplazadas por hueso sólido. Debido a
What is acne? Acne is a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. Oil and dead skin cells plug the pores, and outbreaks of lesions (often called pimples or zits) can happen. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the back, chest, and shoulders. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties, but some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.
What are growth plate injuries? The growth plate is the area of tissue near the ends of long bones in children and teens that determines what length and shape the bone will be once it is done growing. Each long bone— the thigh bone, the bones in the forearm, and the bones in the hands and fingers—has at least two growth plates, one at each end. Once your child has finished growing, the growth plates close and are replaced by solid bone. The growth plates are weak areas of your child’s growing skeleton, making it easier to injure them. Injuries
What is atopic dermatitis? Atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated, making it extremely itchy. Scratching leads to: Redness. Swelling. Cracking. “Weeping” clear fluid. Crusting. Scaling. In most cases, there are times when the disease is worse, called flares, followed by times when the skin improves or clears up entirely, called remissions. Atopic dermatitis is a common condition, and anyone can get the disease. However, it usually begins in childhood. Atopic dermatitis cannot be spread from person to person. No one knows what causes atopic dermatitis. Depending on
What is vitiligo? Vitiligo is a chronic (long-lasting) disorder that causes areas of skin to lose color. When skin cells that make color are attacked and destroyed, the skin turns a milky-white color. No one knows what causes vitiligo, but it may be an autoimmune disease. In people with autoimmune diseases, the immune cells attack the body’s own healthy tissues by mistake, instead of viruses or bacteria. A person with vitiligo sometimes may have family members who also have the disease. There is no cure for vitiligo, but treatment may help skin tone appear more even.
What is scleroderma? Scleroderma is an autoimmune connective tissue and rheumatic disease that causes inflammation in the skin and other areas of the body. This inflammation leads to patches of tight, hard skin. Scleroderma involves many systems in your body. A connective tissue disease is one that affects tissues such as skin, tendons, and cartilage. There are two major types of scleroderma: Localized scleroderma only affects the skin and the structures directly under the skin. Systemic scleroderma, also called systemic sclerosis, affects many systems in the body. This is the more serious type of scleroderma and can damage your blood