How Is Scleroderma Treated?
As of today, there is no known cure for scleroderma. Medications that are prescribed are made to cure a patient of symptoms brought about by scleroderma and not to cure scleroderma itself. This is because scleroderma does not have a known cause and with that, doctors go by various theories in knowing what causes it. Some would say that it is very much genetic and others might say that it is caused by unwanted factors in the environment such as viruses and bacteria. None of these theories however are proven to be correct.
Because there is no specific medicine that would cure scleroderma, scleroderma treatment is patient-specific and is usually catered for a single organ or an affected area like for example; a patient who has a heart problem caused by scleroderma would take medications that would relieve him or her from those or a patient with lung problems would go through therapy to restore normal lung activity.
If spots or thick spots would occur on your skin coupled by limitation in the function of some of your organs, then you could be a victim of scleroderma. With this, your doctor would have you undergo some physical tests for him to be able to know what approaches should be taken in treating your condition and what medications you would be needing if you need any.
Most of the time, diagnosis for scleroderma is started with a blood test for the doctor to see how your antibodies are doing, since scleroderma is an autoimmune illness it refers to having the antibodies attack the tissue instead of protecting it. Through different ways of diagnosis depending on which areas are affected, the doctor should be able to know what you will need or how you will be able to manage with your condition.
Medications For Scleroderma
Scleroderma can bring about inflammation in different organs that would cause pain or discomfort so to relieve a patient from this, a doctor could prescribe him or her anti-inflammatory medicines this of which would include corticosteroids or ibuprofen. Depending on the case, some would need to be more careful about administrating them and others would need them along with therapy.
Another popular approach in treating scleroderma would be by the use of immunosuppressive therapy since scleroderma’s main concept is a dysfunction in the immune system and immunosuppressive medications basically limit the effects of the immune system to the body. There have been several drugs that have been made in attempt to do this however, only a few have been proven to do this effectively those of which are cyclophosphamide, antithymocite globulin, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclosporine and methotrexate.
Things To Be Aware Of
While medicine can be taken to relieve a patient from the different sufferings brought about by scleroderma, you should be aware that these are only given to prevent further damage or to relieve specific symptoms. It is never in attempt to completely remove scleroderma in a patient and unfortunately, having a patient completely freed from scleroderma is still not very possible today. These medications however have been proven to give relief.
With that at hand, you should also be able to be in control of your condition. Since you have this, you should take care of yourself more. Ask your doctor about some things or activities that you can do for you to be able to manage living with scleroderma easier and abide by these.
Managing life with scleroderma might not be easy but it is very possible and it is the best way to enjoy life even with a condition.