Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms

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What are the systemic scleroderma symptoms?

Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms
Systemic sclerosis also called scleroderma is a chronic illness to autoimmune that primarily affects the skin, however, may have an effect on the internal organs (lungs, intestines, kidney, and heart).

What is scleroderma?

Systemic sclerosis, additionally called scleroderma, is a chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the skin; however, it may have an effect on the internal organs (lungs, intestines, urinary organ or heart). Changes in the skin are caused by the rise and the accumulation of scleroprotein fibers and other proteins. The skin is sclerotic (it becomes hard and rigid)

What are the causes?

The cause is unknown. It’s noted that its incidence increases in groups of individuals exposed to certain harmful products, however in most cases, there’s no history of exposure to those compounds.

Who is affected?

It is a rare illness. It can appear at any age, though it’s more frequent in women (75%) of middle age

Types of scleroderma

There are 2 main varieties of scleroderma: Localized and systemic.

The Located: Affects only the skin of the hands and face.

The Systemic: It affects the skin, the vessels blood, and also the organs internally.

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Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms

 

systemic scleroderma symptoms on the skin might include:

Blue or white fingers in reaction to high and cold temperatures
Ulcers on the fingers or toes
Hair loss
Skin stiffness
Abnormally dark or light skin
Thicken skin, stiffness, and tightness in the hands, fingers, and forearm
Small white nodules below the skin that typically unleash a white substance

Respiratory issues are often results of scarring in the lungs and may also include:

Shortness of breath
Breathing breath
A dry cough

systemic scleroderma symptoms on bones and muscles might include:

Pain in the joints
Pain, stiffness and swelling in fingers and joints
Wrist pain
Numbness and pain in the feet

Problems in the gastrointestinal tract may include:

Diarrhea
Difficulty swallowing
Swelling after meals
Cold
Reflux or heartburn
Fecal incontinence

Systemic Scleroderma Symptoms

Source: mayoclinic.org

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