What Is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is generally classified an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Also called systemic sclerosis, this disease affects connective tissue causing them to harden and tighten. Scleroderma symptoms most often affect the skin, but there are cases in which the blood vessels, internal organs and digestive tract are affected. Like many autoimmune disorders, Scleroderma is hard to diagnosis, but with additional research doctors may be able to identify and start treatment sooner. The main cause of Scleroderma is an abnormal amount of collagen in body tissues. It is unknown why excessive amounts of collagen occurs, but for individuals dealing with afflictions to the skin, fingers and hands, there are ways to manage the pain.
Who Gets It?
According to the Scleroderma Foundation, the disease is most common in women between 25 and 55 years old and affects approximately 300,000 Americans. Women are at a higher risk for Scleroderma than men and some research indicates that a susceptibility gene exists, although it is not the cause of the disease.
How is Scleroderma Related to Raynaud’s Disease?
People who suffer from Scleroderma often identify extreme sensitivity to cold temperatures as the first sign of the disease. Cold temperatures will cause the fingers to change color, numbness and pain. These symptoms are common to Raynaud’s Disease.
Raynaud’s is a known circulatory problem. Sufferers’ describe the throbbing pain and their reactions to cold temperatures as “attacks” which can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Though, many with Scleroderma suffer from Raynaud’s, most people with Raynaud’s disease will NOT develop scleroderma.
Scleroderma can be difficult to diagnosis because it is an autoimmune disease and although there is no cure, there are steps that can be taken and lifestyle changes that help manage or reduce pain.
• Exercise improves circulation and increases range of motion which can help relieve stiffness in your skin and joints.
• Reduce stress levels, mental health can have a direct impact on your physical health.
• Quit smoking. Nicotine causes blood vessels to contract contributing to a Raynaud’s attack.
• Find therapeutic pain relieve by wearing Uniqknits Self Heating Gloves for Scleroderma
It is not always possible to avoid cold temperatures, but warming gloves can assist in keeping your hands at a constant temperature and offer pain relief. Learn more about how UNIQKNITS™ products differ from others on the market.
Self-Heating Gloves by Uniqknits Can Help
UNIQKNITS™ self-heating gloves for Scleroderma have a scientifically backed technology that provides even, constant heat to your hands without batteries or plugs. Our therapy gloves are made from a thin material and can be worn during all seasons and not be a hinderance in most activities.
Hand stiffness and swelling can be maintained or reduced with the help of Scleroderma heated gloves. Don’t choose between comfort and fashion, instead choose UNIQKNITS