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Are My 3 Skin Conditions Related?

By    |   Monday, 22 December 2014 10:38 AM

Question: I was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1976 and in 1987 another dermatologist told me I have rosacea. Then, this year I was also diagnosed with photosensitivity, and must slather on sunblock and stay out of the sun. Is there a connection with the three diseases? Can I get help through natural supplements and special nutrition?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Scleroderma should be treated under the supervision of a rheumatologist. It is an autoimmune disorder and has severe consequences that affect more than the tightening of your skin. It is not unusual to have rosacea and scleroderma, but I am not aware of a direct relationship between these conditions.
Photosensitivity may occur with either condition and is not really a disease. Photosensitivity may occur with some of the medications used to treat rosacea and less frequently with some scleroderma medications. Eliminating known flare-up triggers such as caffeine, tobacco, spices, and alcohol may help your rosacea. But special diets and natural supplements have not been universally useful enough for general recommendation here.
Also be very aware that many supplements may interfere with drugs used to that scleroderma, although vitamin E  supplementation has been reported to improve the skin of people with scleroderma.
Scleroderma patients are advised to avoid high-fiber diets. Tobacco may cause flare-ups of rosacea.

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It is not unusual to have rosacea and scleroderma, but it is unclear if there is a relationship between these conditions.
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