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How to treat this weird hardening of skin?

How to treat this weird hardening of skin?

Skin thickening: When the skin thickens it may be due to obesity if it occurs in areas near the joints such as the elbows. Other wise see your doctor to get it properly diagnosed and to start treatment. If it is a callous under your feet or in areas of friction, it is fine to use a stone or file sold for that purpose and remove it. The callous will soften after soaking your feet in water. ...Read more

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Is there a natural skin hardening with age?

Is there a natural skin hardening with age?

Not really: Aged skin is thinner, more loose and wrinkly. It get stiffer or harder with prolonged sun exposure and a few uncommon diseases. The skin also with time, becomes a "garden" for growing various benign lesions, pigmentary spots and a few tumors some of which need attention. ...Read more

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What exactly do they mean by skin hardening, thickening, and shiny?

What exactly do they mean by skin hardening, thickening, and shiny?

Exactly what it says: If your skin is losing its normal pliability and feels "hard" under your fingers, it's "hardening". If it feels thicker than normal skin, it's "thickening". And if it reflects more light than normal, it's "shiny". Those changes are often used to describe scleroderma and its clinical variants, especially when accompanied by stiff joints & cold fingers/toes. ...Read more

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I get a strange callus/skin hardening on my heels?

I get a strange callus/skin hardening on my heels?

What is strange: About it? Callouses are caused by pressure or friction. It is not uncommon to find callous on the heels. ...Read more

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Raynauds, chronic swelling-hands & feet, joint pain & grinding, gerd, spider veins 3+yrs. Now skin hardening dr. Took biopsy & ana- is it scleroderma?

Raynauds, chronic swelling-hands & feet, joint pain & grinding, gerd, spider veins 3+yrs. Now skin hardening dr. Took biopsy & ana- is it scleroderma?

INDEED A : A possibility. Please be in the care of a rheumatologist. This is not a joke of a diagnosis. You should be tested immediately for scl-70 antibody also called topoisomerase i. If positive two options are possible systemic scleroderma and systemic le. Do not delay and good luck to you! ...Read more

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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma?

Fibrosis: Reactice process where fibroblasts produce new collagen and make skin harder and less supple. There is no good treatment for softening skin of s leroderma. Strong topical steroid creams may offer mild improvement. ...Read more

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What is "skin thickening" or "hardening" in scleroderma patients?

Scleroderma: Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. The word “scleroderma” comes from two greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. ...Read more

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Besides scleroderma what can cause skin that is tightening fingers & neck, hardening hands & patches & lines on arms, legs, & trunk?

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Besides scleroderma what can cause skin that is tightening fingers & neck, hardening hands & patches & lines on arms, legs, & trunk?

Morphea: Scleraderma has systemic symptoms, and morphea is cutaneous based. Regardless, you should see a dermatologist about it. ...Read more

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Skin itch ?

Skin itch ?

Rash?: Is there anaccompaning rash? Isolated itching can be from the outside dry skin, cold, exercise or an irritation. From the inside due to medications, renal, or liver issues. Hydrocortisone cream, saran lotion, calamine, aloe vera can all offer temporary reilef. Need more info for a more specific answer. ...Read more

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