Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
It is not only older people who are affected by arthritis. Arthritis affects your joints and other organs and kids can get it too. Arthritis attacks the immune system and gets worse left untreated.
Common Types of Juvenile Arthritis
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) – Considered the most common form of childhood arthritis, JIA includes six subtypes: oligoarthritis, polyarthritis, systemic, enthesitis-related, juvenile psoriatic arthritis or undifferentiated.
- Juvenile dermatomyositis – An inflammatory disease, juvenile dermatomyositis causes muscle weakness and a skin rash on the eyelids and knuckles.
- Juvenile lupus – Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The most common form is systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood and other parts of the body.
- Juvenile scleroderma – Scleroderma, which literally means “hard skin,” describes a group of conditions that can cause the skin to tighten and harden.
- Kawasaki disease – This disease causes blood vessel inflammation that can lead to heart complications.
- Mixed connective tissue disease – This disease may include features of arthritis, lupus dermatomyositis and scleroderma, and is associated with very high levels of a particular antinuclear antibody called anti-RNP.
- Fibromyalgia – This chronic pain syndrome is an arthritis-related condition, which can cause stiffness and aching, along with fatigue, disrupted sleep and other symptoms. More common in girls, fibromyalgia is seldom diagnosed before puberty.