We can officially declare Apollo as our family hospital. For the starters, it is so nearby and easily accessible. It has become a custom for us to visit the hospital once a month at least for some or the other small reason, thankfully nothing serious. It just so happens that Mr. P has the destiny of Mr. Bean. Something or other keeps on happening in his life and I always get embroiled in it. Anyways, I wanted to talk about a very rare disease today called Scleroderma.
Actually, it is an autoimmune condition which comes under rheumatology but it starts from skin. It happened with one of my cousins so dermatologist in Chennai was able to diagnose this condition. You can also take help from internal medicine experts or general physician who will direct you to the concerned departments.
What happens in Scleroderma?
Skin starts becoming tight and shiny
It can be a localized issue or can spread to different parts of the body. If it is localized, you are safe enough but if it is spreading, you might be in trouble. What happens is that there is an overproduction of collagen which makes the skin super glowing but hard.
Some of your motor movements may be affected and pretty badly that too. You might have issues with sitting on the ground or may have joint pains. That happens because the muscles get inflamed internally. Once the treatment starts, everything would return back to normal eventually.
Prone to Infections
Since this is an autoimmune disease, your immune system is not as good as it should be or rather it is too good for you. So, your body is not able to withstand infections. The easiest things to catch are cold, flu and cough. Dry cough is a constant companion. In fact, care should be taken that you do not cut or injure yourself as it can lead to risk of infections and bacteria.
Internal Organs may be affected
The serious or life-threatening part of this condition occurs when it starts affecting the internal organs. Heart, lungs, kidney, liver and other vital organs are monitored constantly to make sure the condition is not affecting the internal organs. Immediate help is necessary to overcome such instances.
Since Scleroderma is a very rare disease and I got to know about it somehow, I thought it would be interesting to share this bit of information with you. Also, what I would like to earnestly advise is to connect with your body and understand how it reacts in every situation. If you find any changes in the functioning, you must book doctor appointment immediately just to be on the safer side.