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Scleroderma is a autoimmune disease and is triggered by B19 (parvovirus B19), EBV, HIV, Hep-c, Borrelia have commonly been reported in many cases as co-existent with scleroderma and the infection has preceded the diagnosis of scleroderma.
Treatment with Doxycycline 100 mg daily for two to three months helps reverse Scleroderma. The skin changes can be easily reversed with electrical stimulation from a electrical zapper such as Hulda Clark. Follow the diet in the diet page.
- Stiff, painful joints: In diffuse systemic sclerosis, hand joints can stiffen due to hardened skin around the joints or inflammation within them. Other joints can also become stiff and swollen.
- Stretching exercises under the direction of a physical and/or occupational therapist are extremely important to prevent loss of joint motion. These should be started as soon as the diagnosis of scleroderma is made.
- Exercise regularly. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about an exercise plan that will help you increase and maintain range of motion in affected joints. Swimming can help maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and joint mobility.
- Use Turmeric as a anti-inflmmatory.
Skin problems: When too much collagen builds up in the skin, it crowds out sweat and oil glands, causing the skin to become dry and stiff. If your skin is affected, you may need to see a dermatologist. To ease dry skin, try the following:
- Apply Olive oil-based creams and lotions frequently, and always right after bathing.
- Apply olive oil sunscreen before you venture outdoors,
- Avoid very hot baths and showers, as hot water dries the skin.
- Avoid harsh soaps, household cleaners, and caustic chemicals, if at all possible. Otherwise, be sure to wear rubber gloves when you use such products.
Dry mouth and dental problems: Dental problems are common in people with scleroderma for a number of reasons. Tightening facial skin can make the mouth opening smaller and narrower, which makes it hard to care for teeth; dry mouth use sublingual vitamin-D daily and in place of toothpaste full of chemicals use hydrogen peroxide mouth was with a 3% solution. Use a baking soda or neem toothpaste.
Gastrointestinal (GI) problems: . Get a gluten free diet.
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- To keep stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus, stand or sit for at least an hour (preferably two or three) after eating. When it is time to sleep, keep the head of your bed raised using blocks.
- Avoid late-night meals, spicy or fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeine, which can aggravate GI distress.
- Eat moist, soft foods, and chew them well. If you have difficulty swallowing, or if your body doesn't absorb nutrients properly, your doctor may prescribe a special diet. Oral antibiotics may stop bacterial overgrowth in the bowel that can be a cause of diarrhea in some people with systemic sclerosis.
- Pulmonary fibrosis may be treated with drugs that suppress the immune system such as IVIG, VIBRAMYCINE along with low doses of corticosteroids.
- Pulmonary hypertension may be treated with drugs that dilate the blood vessels such as prostacyclin (Iloprost), or with newer medications that are prescribed specifically for treating pulmonary hypertension.
Regardless of your particular lung problem or its medical treatment, your role in the treatment process is essentially the same. To minimize lung complications, work closely with your medical team. Do the following:
- Watch for signs of lung disease, including fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and swollen feet. Report these symptoms to your doctor.
- Have your lungs closely checked, using standard lung-function tests, during the early stages of skin thickening. These tests, which can find problems at the earliest and most treatable stages, are needed because lung damage can occur even before you notice any symptoms.
- Avoid flu vaccine and take regular vitamin-D
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