Sunday, March 07, 2010
Two-Year-Old Recieves Sunbed Treatments For Rare Skin Condition
The day Stephanie Brown was born her skin erupted with painful blisters. At first, doctors believed her skin was reacting to her new environment but, as time went on, it became apparent that the little girl was suffering from a serious skin condition.
For months, Stephanie’s parents went without answers while they saw their daughter suffer, constantly, with painful blisters from her head to her feet. The blisters weren’t just uncomfortable; they were disfiguring and drew attention.
At four months, Stephanie was diagnosed with mastocytisis and at six months, she was finally, specifically diagnosed with diffuse cutaneous mastocytosis, a very rare condition that occurs in only 1 in 500,000 people. The condition, generally, affects children and tends to improve over time and resolve itself by puberty.
Now two-years-old, Stephanie is the youngest patient in Britain to be treated with UVA through the use of a sunbed.
While Stephanie is not cured, her skin has benefited immensely from the treatment. She may need more UVA treatment in her teens but it is hoped that the condition will be, largely, resolved by then. – Jen R, Staff Writer.Related Articles: