How To Treat Bunions
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A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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What Are the Signs of Scleroderma?

Submitted by on December 12, 2011 – 11:44 pmNo Comment

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder affecting our connective tissues. Connective tissues are present in our blood vessels, skin, muscles and internal organs; this means scleroderma can affect all these parts of our system. This article will inform you about the common signs experienced by patients with scleroderma.

  1. The most frequently observed scleroderma symptom is Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition marked by extreme reaction of the body towards cold temperatures Raynaud’s phenomenon might also be a result of excessive emotional stress. Constriction of blood vessels of the extremities can make the toes and fingers red, purple or blue colored in patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon. The feet and hands of these patients, on the other hand, might become numb or painful.
  2. Scleroderma is known for changing the appearance of our skin. The skin in scleroderma patient might turn lighter or darker than normal or can get thick and hardened. These patients develop extremely hard facial skin, which hampers free movement of the facial muscles. They might have ulcers in their toes and fingers. Hair loss both in the body and scalp is also common among individuals suffering from scleroderma.
  3. Stiffness and inflammation of the joints is another common scleroderma symptom. Pain in the joints can turn severe; the most commonly affected joints are the joints of feet, wrists and fingers. The patient might need to take painkillers and undergo physical therapy for getting rid of scleroderma related joint pain.
  4. GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition experienced by scleroderma patients. GERD is marked by signs like abdominal bloating, heartburn, difficulty in swallowing and sudden weight loss.
  5. It is common for most patients with scleroderma to experience frequent episodes of constipation and diarrhea. The patient might also develop intestinal cramps along with the above mentioned bowel disorders.
  6. Scleroderma can damage our lungs severely leading to conditions like breathing difficulties, wheezing and persistent coughs.

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