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Scleroderma Information - What is Scleroderma Disease and Scleroderma Prognosis?

The skin, being the largest organ in the human body and the most exposed part, is prone to a myriad of diseases. And since it is the one which is most visible, we tend to care and focus on it more than we do the other parts. One such disease less known by most of us is scleroderma. Perhaps it is because the name itself is scientific sounding and understanding it may be out of the laymen's reach.

Anyway, scleroderma is an unusual, chronic disease due to too much deposit of collagen in the skin or other organs. If we remember, collagen is a type of protein that acts as glue in the connective tissues in the joints. Well, this protein in itself is important so our bodies can move with ease, yet too much could also mean sickness. Such illness is called scleroderma. This skin disorder is not necessarily fatal especially the localized type, but it could lead to other complications involving significant parts of the body like the heart, kidney, lung or the intestinal tract.

Scleroderma Complications  -  Symptoms and Treatment of Scleroderma


Although it affects the skin, giving it a discolored pigment and scaly appearance, it could also profoundly affect other parts of the body like the blood vessels, making it more visible and weaken limbs as well. It's also a matter of which case of scleroderma you are referring to. Two factors involved in its development are the total area affected by the disease and the internal level involvement just underneath the skin. As mentioned earlier, there is discoloration of hands and feet as a reaction to coldness. This is what doctors call, Raynaud's phenomenon, which is a vascular symptom evident in the toes and fingers of the patient. This can even to lead to painful ulcers in the skin. Systemic sclerosis, which is a general type, can be manifested as calcinosis, often visible in the elbows, joints, and knees.

Aside from the above mentioned symptoms, others include elevated blood pressure leading to kidney damage, headache, fatigue, and even stroke. Another complication also involves the lungs making it more tense than normal. Breathing is also, thus, affected. Scleroderma, which is also referred to as hard skin, could even affect the digestive tract. This is usually seen in the intestines where diarrhea and constipation are the common manifestations. Worse, it could lead to fecal clogging, causing infection even to this part.

Pathologists are still debating on the real causes of this disease. Nevertheless, the body's overproduction of collagen is seen as the cause of this bodily disorder. Thus, doctors simply recommend that a patient must control its symptoms and improve one's overall health conditions. A patient can use moisturizers and corticosteroid provided it be done under medication. Of course, a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise to better blood flow conditions are the best ways to curb the disease right out of your fingertips.