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Phyllis - Morphea Scleroderma

I kept wishing I could wash it away, but that did not work either.

Gift Shop Window by Shelley Ensz At age sixty-three, I noticed shiny places on my abdomen. I thought it was a fungus. I was in Florida, where the humidity was very high, so I tried antifungal cream on it and it only became worse.

I finally went to the doctor and he did a biopsy, which was inconclusive. He then sent me to a dermatologist who did an incision biopsy and told me it had come back as morphea scleroderma and that there was no cure for it. I was (to put it mildly) upset.

A topical steroid and prednisone was prescribed for me, which did not help. I kept wishing I could wash it away, but that did not work either.

I started taking Vitamin E 400 IU each day and rubbing it on the affected areas (four in total) across my abdomen. It disappeared for a while but is now rearing its ugly head again. I am using the Vitamin E again topically.

I do not know if this would help anyone else or not but I just wanted to see if anyone else has tried home remedies? Did they work? Did they help? I would welcome any e-mails from anyone with this disease. Thank you for letting me expound.

~ Update ~

For some reason after about six months the lesions began to clear up. After a year of taking the Vitamin E and rubbing it on three times a day, the lesions disappeared and have not returned.

I am now sixty-eight and have no signs on my skin. I do not know if this will help anyone else, but it cannot hurt to try it. No, I do not sell Vitamin E. I just know that it is good for the skin.

Let me know if anyone else tries this with success. My pleasure to contribute to this site.

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Story posted 4-8-00
Story updated 2-21-02
Story edited 7-14-03 SLE

Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
There are two main categories of Scleroderma: Limited and Systemic. Morphea is a form of Limited Scleroderma. It only affects the skin, and not the internal organs. Morphea often goes away on its own within several years. Some cases persist, however, and without proper treatment, it can be quite disfiguring.
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