How to Get Rid of Scleroderma?

For the average person, the path to getting rid of any health problem starts with understanding just what the condition is. This is certainly true with conditions such as scleroderma, which can affect the skin, internal organs and even the joints. When a person suffers from scleroderma, the skin hardens (a condition called fibrosis) or too much connective tissue develops in some locations.

This is generally due to unhealthy functioning of the immune system and/or the blood-carrying system. If too much connective tissue (collagen) develops in the kidneys, lungs or other parts of the body such as the nervous system, the condition can be life-threatening.

Who is at Risk?
SclerodermaScleroderma affects only a few hundred thousand people among millions around the world. Young women and middle-age women are most often the victims, though medical records indicate that men and young children may be affected as well. Medical research indicates that the scleroderma is passed from generation to generation but the disease is not considered to be contagious.

For those who are unfortunate enough to be affected by this rare condition, there is currently no hope for a cure. However, treatment methods have been developed that may help victims avoid life-limiting complications. In addition, people can find relief from some scleroderma symptoms over a long period of time.

What can we do?
As mentioned earlier, there is no cure for scleroderma. But this doesn’t mean sufferers have to “just live with it.” New prescription drugs are available that may soften the hardened skin and may also reduce the inflamed areas that accompany this condition. Some patients have found relief from treating small areas of affected skin with medications that include corticosteroid ingredients (to reduce inflammation).

New procedures such as minocycline and phototherapy have been tried on a limited basis but the medical community is continuing to study these methods. It’s also possible to deal with changes in appearance caused by scleroderma. Dilation of blood vessels (especially on the face) may be treated with makeup and/or a specific type of laser surgery.

Inside Story
For those who suffer from scleroderma in their joints doctors sometimes prescribe drugs to deal with inflammation or recommend over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines. It may be necessary to try steroidal drugs to deal with extreme inflammation and joint pain. However, this should only be done with the assistance of a medical professional.

If scleroderma attacks internal organs or causes problems with the circulatory system it’s possible to find some relief through dilation of the blood vessels. Scleroderma that causes kidney disease may lead to failure of these crucial organs. New drugs in the ACE-inhibitor category may provide enough relief for the sufferer to avoid kidney replacement. New medications are being developed to deal with scleroderma that attacks the lungs. These may provide some relief and extend life expectancy.

In the early years of the 21st century scleroderma is one medical condition that still spurs research and experiments around the world.

Category: Diseases & Conditions, Health

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