Scleroderma – Autoimmune Disease

Scleroderma is said to be an autoimmune disease in which an individual's immune system goes berserk and responds dramatically against its own cells or tissues. In other words, the body's own cells are attacked, with the immune system thinking there is an intruder present.

Localized kinds of Scleroderma are limited to the skin and do not progress to the internal parts of the body. These skin conditions can improve and will disappear eventually, but the affected skin damage that occurred during the disease's activity can be permanent. For some people, then, localized Scleroderma can be quite serious and have disabling results.

A far more serious aspect of this autoimmune disease is called Systematic Scleroderma. This condition not only involves the skin but the tissues underneath, the blood vessels and the major organs. Patients with this condition may have to face a dismal outlook if they develop problems with the kidneys, lungs, heart or the digestive system.

The causes of Scleroderma are unknown, but scientists are convinced that you can not catch it or pass it on to others. Research on twins also suggests that it is not an inherited disease.

Scleroderma is more common in women, but the condition can occur also in men and children. People of all races and ethnic groups can be affected. Some interesting patterns by disease type have been observed:

• Localized kinds of Scleroderma are more common in European descendents than in African Americans.

• Systematic Scleroderma has been found to typically occur in people between the ages of 30 to 50 years old, affecting mainly women of African American descent.

As Scleroderma can affect numerous body organs, several doctors may be involved in your health care. There is no known medical treatment available to treat the underlying cause of Scleroderma – the surplus production of collagen. Thus, treatment and control of the disease merely focuses on relieving the symptoms and in trying to limit the damage the disease can cause.

As with many medical prescriptions given to alleviate diseases, the side effects of drugs taken to alleviate the Scleroderma condition can be quite devastating. The hair falling out is one known side effect, for example. Thus, it is understandable that some sufferers opt to find a natural solution for their condition.

Many of the natural solutions available tend to be nutritionally balanced with the aim of raising the overall health of the sufferer. They contain enzymes and other natural nutrients that optimize the immune system. A preference, though, would be to find a solution that would permanently eradicate the disease from the body.

One Scleroderma sufferer put up with the disease for 4 years, enduring painful, stiff joints and severe gastro intestinal problems. With the natural system she has discovered she has managed to control her condition and rid herself of nearly all of her daily symptoms.

There is, then, a natural solution to the Scleroderma autoimmune disease and one that does not include the side effects commonly associated with drugs.