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Scleroderma: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly produces too much collagen, the main structural protein in connective tissue. The name of the disorder comes from the Greek words for “hard skin” which is the most visible symptom of scleroderma. This condition is not contagious. The excess production of collagen, which characterizes scleroderma, is an autoimmune response, where the body’s immune system produces this substance to attack its own tissues which were […]

Are Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease the Same Thing?

You may often hear or see the terms celiac disease, celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity being used interchangeably. But, do they refer to the same condition? Not exactly, though they all relate to the same problem, a negative reaction to gluten found in foods made with wheat, rye or barley. The term gluten intolerance is used to describe the entire category of gluten-related problems. Gluten intolerance can be caused either by […]

Which Soft-Drinks Are Gluten-Free?

Most non-alcoholic beverages, such as sodas and juices, are made from ingredients that do not naturally contain gluten. But that does not mean you can be careless if you are sensitive to gluten. Always check product labeling for ingredients derived from barley, wheat and rye to make sure the beverage is safe for you to drink. Gluten Free Soda and Carbonated Beverages When it comes to sweet carbonated beverages like coke or Pepsi, the main […]

Celiac’s Guide to Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

Whether you have celiac disease or other form of gluten intolerance or you are on a gluten-free diet for any other reason, you may sometimes want to have a social drink but feel uncertain about potential traces of gluten in some alcoholic beverages. Although the occasional drink will not worsen your gluten sensitivity, you still need to know exactly which alcoholic beverages are gluten-free and, therefore, safe for you to drink. In general, most spirits […]

Psoriasis: Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Psoriasis is a common skin disorder characterized by raised, inflamed lesions that join together to form plaques (patches) with clearly defined borders that are covered with flaky scales. This chronic, non-contagious skin condition can affect any part of the body and is often related to hereditary factors. Psoriasis is highly variable. In some patients it may be no more than a minor cosmetic problem, while in others it can cause quite serious problems with many […]

Causes and Treatment of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness or patch baldness, is a type of hair loss characteristic for its patchy form. Although it usually affects scalp hair, it can also cause a loss of other body hair, e.g. beard. It is the second most common type of baldness, affecting about 2% of the population – men, women as well as children. The hair sometimes grows back and may or may not fall out again or […]

What is Sjögren’s Syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome (also called Mikulicz disease or Sicca syndrome) is a relatively common chronic autoimmune illness, often accompanying other autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. In this disease immune cells attack healthy cells of the tear-producing glands and salivary glands. The common symptoms are dry eyes and mouth. Symptoms occur primarily due to low production of tears and saliva. In the United States, Sjögren’s syndrome affects nearly 4 million people and it happens […]

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