Question: Our daughter is 48 and has had scleroderma for about five years. Her fingers are curled and are often black if she’s cold. Do you have any recommendations for us?
Dr. Brownstein's Answer:
Scleroderma is a systemic autoimmune disease that hardens the skin. Patients frequently also suffer from vascular and organ problems.
In many cases, scleroderma patients have an underlying infection. In fact, research behind
an infectious etiology for many autoimmune conditions dates back more than 80 years.
In scleroderma patients, I have found that the bacterium mycoplasma is the most common
infectious agent. Tetracycline antibiotics have been very effective when combined with a holistic treatment regimen.
Other infectious organisms that I have diagnosed in scleroderma patients include chlamydia (nonsexually transmitted) and human herpesvirus 6.
More information about how to treat arthritic disorders such as scleroderma can be found in my book, Overcoming Arthritis.
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