- Scleroderma differs from person to person but can be very serious.
- There are medications, as well as steps individuals can take, to ease the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon, skin problems and heartburn.
- Effective treatments are available for those with severe disease, including acute kidney disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung inflammation and gastrointestinal problems.
- It is important to recognize and treat organ involvement early on to prevent irreversible damage.
COMPLICATIONS OF SCLERODERMA AND HBOT
Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue; one of the most common symptoms is hardening or tightening of the skin. Other symptoms of Scleroderma include joint pain, a heightened reaction to cold temperatures and acid reflux, in addition to potential complications to the heart, lungs or kidney.
Complications of systemic sclerosis include the following: Digital infarctions, Pulmonary hypertension, Myositis, Renal failure, Wound infections.
In this case, HBOT reduces edema/inflammation, enhances oxygen availability to injured tissue, promotes fibroblast proliferation/collagen synthesis, decreasing fibrosis, enhances antibiotic efficacy in cases of infections, reduces incidence of infection due to the enhancement of leukocyte oxidative killing and increases tensile strength of healed tissue as some studies show.
RESEARCH AND STUDIES
Ischemic scleroderma wounds successfully treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. https://www.jrheum.org/content/33/8/1694.short
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY IN DERMATOLOGY https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2133.1972.tb05080.x
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Systemic Scleroderma https://www.koreamed.org/SearchBasic.php?RID=2085456
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic ulcers in systemic sclerosis – case series https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ijd.13570