Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Treatments for Linear Scleroderma

An overview of the treatments for this skin condition is provided.

Linear Scleroderma remains one of the most difficult forms of this condition to because it is known to affect the facial area as well as the legs and arms. Now, while it is very unsightly to have deformations on one's arm or leg the presence of this condition on one's face can be tremendously harmful for one's self esteem. This is why there is such a desire for a reliable treatment for the condition. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment options available as the National Library of Medicine acknowledges and lists in detail.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment that can outright cure the condition, but this does not mean contracting linear sleroderma is dire. Thankfully, there are quite a few methods of treatment that can be utilized to reduce the problems associated with this very unsightly and problematic skin condition. In the absence of an actual cure, these treatments are helpful.

While this may come as a surprise to a number of people, raising blood pressure levels has been very effective in terms of reversing some ravages of this condition. This is why common blood pressure medications have been prescribed people suffering from this disorder. Part of the reason for this is because these medications can act as an anti-inflammatory medication which reduces much of the coarsening that this particular skiing condition is known to cause.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it is also possible to treat this condition with prostacylins, ACE inhibitors and other products that are designed to open blood vessels. In other instances, it is common to use anti-inflammatory drugs since they have the potential to reduce skin thickening in the same manner the methods of raising blood pressure will do. Common anti-inflammatory drugs are used as well including cyclophosphamide which has proven itself to be quite effective in this regard.

One of the most unique means of treating the condition is still in the developmental stage. This process is stem cell transplantation and while it has not been enacted on any large scale initial research shows a great deal of promise for this procedure to be effective. Perhaps it will be effective and only time will tell.

As one can see, there are a number of options open to treating this condition. Hopefully, as research progresses, a full cure will not be out of the realm of possibility.


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