What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma is a grouping of progressive, rare diseases which entail the tightening and hardening of the connective tissues and skin – which are the fibers which make available the support and the framework of the body.
Localized scleroderma only affects the skin. But scleroderma which is systemic can harm any internal organs such as the lungs, heart, digestive tract and kidneys.
Scleroderma can happen to anyone in any geographical area at any time. But, this disease seems to affect females more than males and is more common between the ages of thirty and fifty. It can run in families but in the majority of cases it develops with no known family propensity for this disease. Scleroderma symptoms and signs diverge and depend on the organs or systems involved. The diagnosis is difficult to make because many of the earliest symptoms are generally in the population and are not necessarily connected with scleroderma. The symptoms and signs which are more prevalent for scleroderma include:
This is an amplified response to emotional distress or temperatures which are cold and constricts the smallest blood vessels in the feet, hands as well as causing pain, color changes, as well as numbness in the toes and fingers.
Changes in skin
Changes include swollen hands and fingers; thickened skin patches, especially in the fingers; and skin that is tight around the face, mouth or hands. This skin may appear shiny because it is so tight and the movement of the area is restricted.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as GERD
This acid reflux can seriously damage the esophagus nearest to the stomach and can cause problems absorbing nutrients in the intestinal muscles which can not move the food correctly thru the intestines.
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