CREST Syndrome: Explanation and Symptoms

CREST Syndrome: Explanation and Symptoms

What is CREST Syndrome?

Scleroderma is a genetic condition that is estimated to affect 300,000 Americans – less than 1% of the population of the world. Subcategory CREST Syndrome is much more unusual.

As a result, it’s worth a bit more in the spotlight. The more consciousness we can lift, the more specifically it becomes. And while it’s a lifelong condition without a proven cure, therapy may make it more controllable.

What is Scleroderma?

A scleroderma is a rare group of autoimmune diseases term. As other autoimmune conditions, the body can not regulate the mechanism correctly which in this situation leads to too much protein collagen being produced in the body.

If this occurs, the skin is usually thick and solid. Scleroderma is a name that comes from the Greek “sclero” which means hard skin and “derma.”

CREST Syndrome: Explanation and Symptoms

In most cases of scleroderma, the symptoms result in hard, oval-shaped patches on the skin or lines or streaks on arms, legs, or face. Other symptoms might include puffy or swollen fingers and/or toes, painful or swollen joints, muscle weakness, dry eyes or mouth, swelling, shortness of breath, heartburn, diarrhoea, or weight loss.

Scleroderma CREST Syndrome Type

CREST is the name given to your particular scleroderma form which affects your digestive tract and your heart and your lungs in rare cases. The particular symptoms of the condition give it its name:

  • Calcinosis: Painful lumps of calcium in the skin. These can happen on your fingers or other parts of your body.
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon: White or cold skin on the hands and feet when you’re cold or stressed. It’s caused by blood flow problems.
  • Oesophagal dysfunction: Problems swallowing and/or reflux. This is caused by scarring in the oesophagus, the tube that runs from your mouth to your stomach.
  • Sclerodactyly: Tightness and thickening of finger or toe skin. It can make it hard to bend your fingers.
  • Telangiectasias: Red spots on the hands, palms, forearms, face, and lips. These are caused by widened blood vessels.

This is the treatment and diagnosis of sclerosis?

Diagnosis of scleroderma or CREST may rely on the tissue, but typically includes a rheumatologist or a dermatologist. The disorder is not infectious or cancerous; however, it can lead to more complications if the symptoms are not adequately controlled.

Scleroderma diagnosis typically represents the symptoms. For example, heartburn may be issued with CREST syndrome in which acid reflux issues are more common.

NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by a doctor for swelling or pain management. Steroids, blood-flowing medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin, or blood pressure medications may be other therapies.

A doctor may also encourage exercise, skin treatment such as light and laser therapy, physical therapy, ergotherapy, or organ transplant in very serious cases of organ damage.

CREST Syndrome: Explanation and Symptoms

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