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Best Dermatosclerosis Program
Bad disease: Scleroderma is a progressive disease that affects the skin and connective tissue (including cartilage, bone, fat, and the tissue that supports the nerves and blood vessels throughout the body). There are two major forms of the disorder. One localize and could effect the whole body. ...Read more
Thickened skin: It is a thickening of the skin usually on the upper back and back of the neck. More common in diabetics and heavier people. Treatment is difficult as medicine is partially effective in preventing progression of problem. ...Read more
Clarify: There is no specific disease called "dermatosclerosis." do you mean scleroderma? If so, treatment options include drugs such as penicillamine, immunosuppressives, and antiinflammatory agents, but there is no definitive cure. If you mean something else, please let us know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be hard problem: No simple answer. Scleroderma patients can have problems with chewing (soft diet helps), esophageal issues (poor contractions, lots of reflux-avoid fried, greasy, fatty, spicy foods, large meals, lying down after eating, chocolate, minimize coffee); can have diverticula and bacterial overgrowth in small bowel-causes diarrhea-may need episodic antibiotics; probiotics may help. C doc and dietician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scleroderma: Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease (ctd). The best treatment is based on treating the affected system or organ cause. For instance: ctd may be manifested as pulmonary hypertesnion, lupus, esophageal narrowing, kidney disease. Is so hard to explain on the internet, but better to understand and explain if i;m able to examine you and do the proper work up and referrals. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be supportive.: Most issues including raynaud's, esophogeal dysmotility, hypertension, pulmonary hyertension can be lrgely controlled. Whether drugs like Penicillamine and/or mtx affect long term prognosis is still a point of debate. ...Read more
What is best treatment to slow down scleroderma on the face? What medication, any topical creams? Exercises?
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The Mighty Vitamin D: You may do better in warmer climate closer tot he equator for 2 reasons: more vitamin D and more exercise . Receiving more sunlight would naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Adequate vitamin D is essential for fibromyalgia relief, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.More exercise, especially light walking or yoga on the beach would add to the benefit of vitamin D. ...Read more
I had scleroderma and it left a scar that resembles a burn/discoloration. I sometimes get depressed due to color. What's the best cream to be normal?
Morphea: It sounds like you had the localized form (also called morphea). Retin-a (tretinoin) cream will sometimes help with those types of scars, though it is an off-label use, and improvement is slow. There are plastic surgery options too, depending on where the scar is located. A dermatologist can help you decide on the best course of action. ...Read more
Hard skin: Scleroderma literally means "hard skin." it is a connective tissue disease that primarily involves the skin which becomes fibrotic (hardened). Changes also may occur in the blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs. The disease involves autoimmunity whereby the immune system attacks the normal tissues of the body. The cause is unknown. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I hate: As a surgeon to get involved but i lost my wife in just two years... It is an autoimmune disease of unknown origin. When just suspected a sedimentation rate, ANA levels, anti scl-70 and anti-centromere antibodies should be stat done. A good resource is this web site: http://www.Synnovation.Com/sclerodermafaq.Html i would seek help from a university based rheumatology department... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer