10 Scleroderma Facts to Know About

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Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder. This means it occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions. It mistakenly identifies healthy cells as foreign cells and starts attacking and destroying them.

Scleroderma is just one of many autoimmune diseases. It’s a chronic rheumatic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue.

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According to the American College of Rheumatologyhere are some scleroderma facts you should know:

1. Scleroderma is different from one patient to another.

2. Scleroderma may not be visible to the naked eye.

3. In the U.S., between 75,000 and 100,000 people have scleroderma.

4. This disease attacks mostly women between 30 and 50 years old.

5. Some symptoms such as Raynaud’s phenomenon, skin problems and heartburn can be eased considerably with the aid of medication or some changes to the patient’s lifestyle.

6. There is currently no known cure for scleroderma.

7. There are effective treatments accessible for patients who also suffer from acute kidney disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung inflammation and gastrointestinal problems.

8. Organ involvement should be recognized early and treated in order to prevent some irreversible damages.

9. Patients should see specialized doctors and physicians to take care of each aspect of this complex condition.

10. Although the cause of this disease remains unknown, there is promising research being done to study the relationship between scleroderma and the immune system.

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