What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder, in which the immune system of the body attacks the body. The main purpose of the immune system is to s to fight with diseases and infections they help the body not to let them enter your body.
An autoimmune disease means a condition in which our immunity is the culprit, as it mistakenly attacks our body. As the main task of the immune system is to kill bacteria and viruses. When these enemies (bacteria and viruses) try to invade our body immune system combat with the enemy and kills them.
Due to scleroderma, which is a group of diseases that tightens and hardens o the skin.
Scleroderma affects connective tissues and many other problems can also be seen due to this disease by affecting the very important system and organs of the body like the digestive system, heart, lungs, and the kidneys.
Types of Scleroderma
There are 2 Types of Scleroderma
- Localized Scleroderma
- Systemic Scleroderma
This type of scleroderma affects mainly the skin of the body but it can also affect the bones and muscles of the body too.
It (Localized scleroderma) is the mildest form of scleroderma internal organs that are not affected by this.
Localized Scleroderma is Further Divided into 2 Parts
This kind of scleroderma has oval-shaped patches of darker and lighter skin, they are containing purple border and are white in the middle.
This type of scleroderma can affect bones and muscles.
This type of scleroderma affects all organs of the body like heart, lungs, kidneys, esophagus and the blood.
It is also Divided Furthermore Into 2 Types
Diffuse systemic sclerosis and CREST (limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis syndrome).
The Organs Affected by Scleroderma:
Vessels of blood, when affected with scleroderma, can cause the problem to a person suffering from scleroderma, in the circulation of blood properly to other parts of the body.
Peoples suffering from scleroderma experiences hardening and tightening patches of skin, the shape of these patches are like straight lines or oval-shaped patches, some people are only suffering from effects on the skin in this problem of scleroderma.
It affects the digestion of person who is affected with scleroderma, it can affect any part of digestive system like if the esophagus is affected you might have heartburn or difficulty in swallowing of the food, if intestinal muscles are not properly moving food through the intestines, hence the body cannot absorb the nutrients properly.
Lungs which are an important part of the human body can also be affected by scleroderma.
It can also be affected by scleroderma if untreated it can become life-threatening.
It’s one of the vital organs of our body which handles all the renal functions of our body due to scleroderma it is affected badly and can cause many problems of renal function.
7.Toes and Fingers
When due to Raynaud`s disease which is the signs of systemic scleroderma causes small blood vessels in your fingers and toes to contract in response to emotional distress and cold temperature.
Causes of Scleroderma
The problem of scleroderma arises when our body’s immune system is vitiating our own body, environmental factors and genes are also responsible for the condition of scleroderma which as a result overproduce and accumulate collagens in the body tissues, collagen is a fibrous type of protein that makes up your body’s connective tissues including the skin.
Scleroderma Leads to Many Types of Complications
When tissue of heart gets scared, which in result increases your heartbeats to abnormal range as it leads to heart failure in some cases and can cause inflammation of the membranous sac which surrounds the heart, scleroderma can also raise the pressure on the right side of your heart which in result can be failure of the heart.
Scleroderma can also affect tissues of your lungs, as tissue gets affected because scarring occurred in the lungs, which results in affecting your Ability to breath, hence it hinders your performance for exercising and workout of sports like athletics and extreme sports.
Erectile dysfunction in men is due to scleroderma is also one of the cause in a sexual performance in men, the sexual function of women are also affected by women who are suffering from scleroderma as it results in decreasing the sexual lubrication and constricting the vaginal opening.
When people suffering from scleroderma they often don’t produce normal amounts of saliva which could be the main cause of dental decay. Tightening of facial skin can be the reason for mouth to become smaller and Narrower, which is very difficult to brush your teeth properly.
4.Changes in The Skin
When skin gets change due to scleroderma and its texture also gets affected reason is tightening of the skin and connective tissue.
To Treat Scleroderma There are Many Home Remedies
It is a herb used to treat poor circulation burns, scars, stretch marks, the problem of varicose veins all these properties of Gotu kola makes it the best home remedy to treat the condition of scleroderma.
The combination of many chemicals helps in decreasing the inflammation and blood pressure in the blood veins of the body. Hence it helps in treating many problems related to skin and nervous systems
How to Use It
Take 1 teaspoon of dried Gotu kola leaves to boil them in a cup of water then strain and drink this at a lukewarm temperature. Drink this beverage 1 to 3 times a day.
The fibrotic process that leads to the overproduction of collagen and the development of scleroderma can be treated with the curcumin a substance found in the turmeric.
How to Use It
In a glass of hot milk add 1 teaspoonful full of turmeric powder mix them well and drink this solution once in a day.
Thiosulfinates and cepaene are the compounds found in abundance in onions that help in curbing the inflammation and swelling as they are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties.
How to Use It
You can use the onions in your diet by adding them in salad and consume them raw. You can also use onion externally in scleroderma by rubbing the raw onion on the affected area.
The therapeutic properties of lemon help in reducing inflammation and swelling and can soften the thickened skin.
How to Use It
We can use lemon by extracting the juice of a lemon and adding honey to it drink this solution early in the morning for better results once in a day.
The solution can also be used externally on the affected area.
The Prostaglandins in our body that produces pain can be controlled by the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ginger that helps in combating with scleroderma
How to Use It
Just boil around 1 to 2 inches of ginger in water let it cool till Lukewarm temperature and drink this hot tea 2 to 3 times a day.
Omega 3 fatty acids that help in reducing the inflammation and swelling in the body are found in abundance in fish oil. Ingestion of fish oil can also help in eradicating the Raynaud’s disease, which is one of the main characteristics of scleroderma disease.
The properties of gram flour can help in smoothen rough and thickened skin. It also helps your skin to regain its shine and lost texture due to scleroderma.
How to Use It
Take 2 tablespoons of gram flour to add some water and mix them well make a thick paste of them and apply this paste on affected area remain this paste as it is till 20 to 30 minutes after that rinse off the paste with lukewarm water.
Foods to Avoid
- Alcohol, Onions, Spicy food, Citrus fruits, Carbonated beverages.
Besides all these dietary tips we suggest some lifestyle tips to shun away the problem of scleroderma
- Take smaller and frequent meals
- Avoid junk and fast food
- Get nice sleep and proper rest.
- Avoid smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol.
- Avoid eating just before going to bed take your meals at least 3 hours before sleep.
- Practice yoga to make you feel flexible and get away with stress and anxiety.
- Keep the body warm to maintain good circulation in the blood.
- Maintaining Moisture in the skin is very essential to get rid of scleroderma.
In this article, we try to describe the disease of scleroderma its causes, symptoms and diagnosis and how to treat scleroderma with home remedies.