Morphea Scleroderma description: A skin disorder called morphea Scleroderma is a chronic disease characterized by excessive deposits of collagen in the skin or other organs. The localized type of the disease, while painful, is usually not fatal. Generally it involves isolated patches of hardened skin.
Symptoms usually include the hardening of the skin and related scarring. The skin may appear tight, reddish or scaly. Often the blood vessels will become more visible. If a large area is affected, fat and muscle consumption may weaken limbs and affect appearance. The seriousness of the disease varies. The two most important factors are the level of involvement beneath the skin and the total area covered. The more skin involved, the more severe the case.
For the systemic form of the disease, almost all patients (over 80%) have vascular symptoms and Raynaud’s phenomenon. During an attack, there is a discoloration of the extremities in response to cold. Systemic scleroderma and Raynaud’s causes digital ulcers on the fingers or toes. Calcinosis is also common and is often seen near the elbows, knees or other joints. If you notice any of these symptoms see a physician immediately.
There is no clear obvious cause for morphea scleroderma and systemic sclerosis.
Topical treatment may improve pain and ulceration, but there is not cure for scleroderma skin. A range of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also be used to ease painful symptoms.
There are also a number of scleroderma Chinese medicine alternatives that may alleviate pain by promoting blood circulation and expelling stasis. These treatments include the taking of various roots and herbs.
Advocacy: In the US, the Scleroderma Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease and assisting affected individuals.