There are several types of skin ailments and depending on various factors and symptoms, they can cause very little discomfort, change the appearance or result in some serious complications. Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease that is one of the many auto-immune disorders and mainly affects the skin. It is a progressive disease which means it slowly gets worse.
What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma, also called systematic sclerosis, is one of the autoimmune diseases and it is related to the connective tissues. Scleroderma means hard skin in the Greek language and is one of the main symptoms of the disease. It is a non-infectious, non-contagious and non-cancerous disease but can become serious depending on the parts of the body that get affected. With appropriate and timely treatment from the top Homeo clinics, the condition can be managed well and successfully.
Types of Scleroderma:
Scleroderma can be broadly categorized into localized and systemic types. These can be again sub-categorized into different types.
- Localized Scleroderma – this prominently affects the skin and may have an impact on the muscles and bone as well. This can be further categorized as –
- Linear scleroderma
- Systematic scleroderma – this can affect the blood circulation and internal organs and can be further categorized as –
- limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis syndrome
- diffuse systemic sclerosis
Symptoms of Scleroderma:
Depending on the part of your body that is affected and the type of scleroderma, your symptoms would vary –
- Skin – One of the most common signs of scleroderma is the hardening and tightening of the skin in patches that can be either in oval shape or straight lines. Usually, the skin becomes shiny and the affected area gets restricted.
- Fingers and toes – Blood vessels in your fingers and toes can get contracted due to cold temperatures or emotional distress. This may lead to swelling in the hands and feet, a feeling of pain and numbness in the fingers and toes and they may also turn blue in color.
- Digestive system – You may have heartburn, difficulty in swallowing if the esophagus is affected. You may experience cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation when scleroderma affects your intestines.
- Other symptoms may include –
- Hair loss
- Joint pains
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
Causes of Scleroderma:
The exact cause of scleroderma is not known but certain factors trigger excessive production of connective tissue that results in the condition.
- Genetic factors – Certain gene variations in people can lead to scleroderma.
- Environmental factors – Certain environmental factors like viruses, medications, or drugs can trigger the condition.
- Immune system – Problems of the immune system cause various auto-immune diseases including scleroderma.
Scleroderma and Homeopathy:
Since scleroderma is a connective tissue disease caused by genetic and immunological factors, it needs treatment that addresses and works at the immunological level. Such treatment is provided by the Delphis homeopathy clinic that decides and personalizes the treatment plan on the basis of an affected person’s genetic tendencies. Homeopathy remedies can effectively control the progression of the disease.