Could a Topical Paste Prevent Skin Hardening in Scleroderma Patients?

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by Wendy Henderson |

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In early 2016, a team of researchers developed a potential therapy for patients with scleroderma: an anti-scarring paste to help prevent the progression of fibrosis.

The study focused on radiation dermatitis, a type of fibrosis that develops in about 95 percent of patients undergoing radiation therapy. The intense beam causes fibrotic fibers to build and leads to skin hardening. In the most severe cases, patients cannot proceed with the treatments. Learn more about it here.

This treatment also has therapeutic potential for other collagen-related diseases, including scleroderma and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis.

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