Department of Rheumatology | Conditions and Treatments

Blepharitis

Overview Blepharitis is a persistent, recurring problem for a child that’s characterized by swelling of his eyelid. There is often a secondary infection of his eye and a loss of eyelashes. Blepharitis

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Bruises

Overview A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by trauma to an area of the body. Sometimes, enough bleeding occurs that a lump, called a hematoma, also forms. A bruise

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Diphtheria

Overview A common childhood disease in the 1930s, diphtheria is a bacterial disease that can infect the throat (respiratory diphtheria) or the skin (skin or cutaneous diphtheria). While it can be

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Pediatric Fibromyalgia and Musculoskeletal Pain

We may not like it, but we need pain: It acts as an early warning system that something is causing or may cause damage to the body. If your child has a chronic condition known as fibromyalgia, though,

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Folliculitis Boils and Carbuncles

Overview Folliculitis is the inflammation of hair follicles due to an infection, injury or irritation. Boils are tender, swollen areas that form around hair follicles, and carbuncles are clusters of

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Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a systemic immune disease that affects the joints, skin, heart, blood, vessels, and brain. Rheumatic fever may develop after your child is infected with strep throat or scarlet

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Roseola

Overview Roseola is a viral illness that results in a rash or skin eruption. It usually consists of a high fever and a rash that develops as the fever decreases. Roseola is contagious, although the

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Scabies

Scabies is an infestation of mites. These tiny insects leave small red bumps that cause intense itching. The mites burrowing into the skin where they lay eggs that hatch a few days later cause the

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Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune condition that leads to scarring of the skin, joints, and other internal organs. In the United States, about one in 1,000 people are affected. While found among all

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Syncope

Syncope is the medical term for fainting. It’s a temporary loss of consciousness and muscle tone that occurs when not enough blood goes to the brain. Fainting affects people of all ages. More than 100

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Vasculitis

Overview Day in and day out, tens of thousands of miles of blood vessels carry oxygen and nutrients to every part of your child’s body. When blood vessels become inflamed -- a condition called

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Warts

Overview Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus that can appear in different parts of the body. The most common types of warts are common warts, foot warts, flat warts,

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