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Rheumatologists are doctors that have extra training in the study of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system starts to attack your body's healthy cells, tissues, and organs. Most of these conditions involve the muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues. They can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system, and internal organs.
Some of the common diseases in Rheumatology include juvenile arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, periodic fever syndromes, localized scleroderma, and dermatomyositis. These can present with various symptoms such as fever, fatigue, joint pains, joint/muscle stiffness, and rash.
For the most part, autoimmune diseases are chronic and need lifelong monitoring and care. But, the right combination of medications and therapies can help reduce/stop the damage and symptoms caused by these diseases. At Rheum to Grow, we also help your child transition from pediatric care to adult care.
Can Children Get Autoimmune Diseases?
Yes, although rare, children can also get autoimmune or inflammatory conditions. These are treated by pediatric rheumatologists, or pediatricians that have specialized training of these disorders in patients less than 19 years of age. The needs of a child with a chronic condition such as lupus or juvenile arthritis are unique, and requires a different level of care that focuses on not just the physical, but mental and emotional components as well.
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