is a chronic connective tissue disorder that has skin manifestations resulting in thickened, hard skin. The disorder can have systemic involvement where other internal organs like the lungs, heart, and GI tract are affected by inflammation and hardening.
When internal organs are involved, the term used is “systemic scleroderma”. In some cases, scleroderma can be a component of other syndromes, including the CREST syndrome.Signs and symptoms of scleroderma:
• Thick, tight skin on fingers
• Red spots on hands and face
• Calcium deposits in connective tissue
• Raynaud’s phenomenon (narrowing of blood vessels in the feet or hands)
• Swelling of the esophagus (the tube between throat and stomach)Causes of scleroderma:
The exact cause of scleroderma is unknown. Its severity differs from patient to patient, and it’s diagnosed by physical exam, lab tests, skin biopsy, and assessing patient’s medical history. It is thought that perhaps the primary event in causing the disorder is injury to a blood vessel which is followed by fibrosis and overproduction of collagen by the fibroblasts naturally found in the skin, all of which results in the characteristic thickened, hard skin.Scleroderma treatments:
There is no current cure for scleroderma, so various treatments are focused on managing the symptoms and complications. Common treatments include:
• Immune suppressing medications
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
• Physical therapy to maintain skin flexibility
The onset of scleroderma is between 30 and 50 years old, it is found worldwide, and women are 4 times more likely to develop the disorder than men. Here are just a few examples of celebrities known to have struggled with this troublesome disorder or they have experience with it because of their relatives:Robin Williams
– American actor, stand-up comedian and voice actor, best known for his roles in the films Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and others. He has been struggling with scleroderma for a long time now. Bob Saget
– American actor, TV host, and stand-up comedian, best known for his role as Danny Tanner in Full House, and the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Saget is a board member for Scleroderma Research Foundation, as his sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at the age of 43 and died at 47, having been misdiagnosed many times prior to that. Jason Alexander
– American actor, singer, producer, writer, director, and comedian, best known for his role as George Constanza on TV sitcom +Seinfeld
. Alexander was the national spokesman for +Scleroderma Foundation
because of his sister’s struggle with this disorder.
Individuals with milder forms of scleroderma have a relatively positive outlook. There is continuous research going on, but there are still many people who get misdiagnosed. Interestingly, more women have scleroderma, but it kills more men. If you experience any of the symptoms above, it is necessary for you to check with your physician to see if scleroderma is your issue and what is the best way to manage it.Do you have experience with scleroderma? Have you been diagnosed with scleroderma? Does the disorder run in your family? Have you seen a specialist about scleroderma?
Tell us about the treatments they’ve suggested or the regimen they’ve recommended right here and check for more information on our website http://www.patientsguide.com/conditions/scleroderma/
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