CREST SYNDROME (Limited Scleroderma)


Limited scleroderma, or CREST syndrome, is a condition affecting your connective tissue. Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal involvement, sclerodactyly (deformity of the bones of the fingers) and Telangiectasia are the features of Crest syndrome.

Limited scleroderma usually affects your skin and blood vessels; it can also affect your digestive tract and can cause serious heart and lung disorders.

Connective tissue, which is found in your skin, bones, ligaments and tendons, is made up of two major proteins collagen and elastin. It's the main component of ligaments and tendons. It also helps to make your skin elastic. In people suffering from limited scleroderma, the immune system appears to stimulate cells called fibroblasts to produce excess amounts of collagen.

Normally, fibroblasts synthesize collagen to help heal wounds, but in this case, the protein is produced even when it's not needed, forming thick bands of connective tissue around the cells of your skin, blood vessels and in some cases, your internal organs.

Other factors may also be responsible, although an abnormal immune system response and the resulting production of excess collagen appears to be the main cause of limited scleroderma.

These vessels can have a tendency to spasm when the areas are exposed to cold, leading to blueness, whiteness, and redness of involved fingers, toes. This is referred as Raynaud's phenomenon.

It includes giving the Constitutional homeopathic remedy which will help in improving the resistance of the person. There are also acute Homeopathic remedies which are prescribed depending upon the symptom totality which helps in relieving the acute symptoms.

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