Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Food is an important aspect of survival and the foods we eat have a definite effect on the normal functioning of the body. If your body is already in a compromised state then the food you eat have severe impact to perform the daily activities, there are certain foods which can improve the symptoms of your disease condition and some foods can worsen the situation. Your doctor can be the best guide to advise the type of food to be eaten and to avoid.

What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Morphea?

Scleroderma is a disease of connective tissue and skin. Morphea is a form of scleroderma where there is excessive deposition of collagen in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue it is also called localized scleroderma. The most important feature of Morphea is the hardening of the skin. If this skin hardening happens in the hands and feet it causes numbness and pain. Deeply penetrated form of Morphea can result in mobility issues, such patients may even find it difficult to prepare and eat food and even cutting fresh fruits and vegetables so it is advised to take help of your family members to prepare food. The performance of daily activities is hindered. Here we provide you the tips for the foods to be eaten in Morphea

Always eat unprocessed foods which do not contain any preservatives, artificial ingredients or other harmful substances, the presence of any of these substances can worsen Morphea

Junk food does not have any nutrient value, but the taste makes attracts people of all age and genders and makes their best choice. They are harmful when consumed in large amounts.

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease try to include as many as possible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods in your diet. There are a number of spices and herbs which are known to possess good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity such as oregano, ginger, cinnamon, and paprika. You can include turmeric, basil, rosemary and curry powder in your daily diet as well.

Sugars are always a district NO! Apart from causing diabetes, sugars can also cause and conditions like Morphea. Avoid eating sweetened desserts. Sugars obtained from fruits and yogurt does not harm.

Consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as it contains a lot of antioxidants, nutrients and provides you the energy.

People with Morphea can have sugar in the form of sucrose fructose brown rice syrup honey molasses corn syrup and maple syrup

Try to include food supplements in your diet if there is any nutrient deficiency your doctor may prescribe you specific supplements

Vitamin D is considered as a treatment option for scleroderma, food rich in vitamin D such as fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil should be included in the diet. Cod liver oil can also be prescribed in the form of food supplement and is easily available in pharmacies.

Avoid consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and meat as these foods can activate the existing scleroderma.

Although there is no cure for Morphea, there are certain medications which are aimed at controlling the symptoms and stop its progression. Topical application of sunscreens and moisturizers prevents darkening of the skin and makes the skin softer. Vitamin D can be obtained naturally and it is advised for the patients suffering from Morphea to take sufficient sunlight to improve the scars of Morphea.

Last but not least try to drink lots and lots of water. It is advised that the water should be drunk only from a stainless steel or glass containers but not from plastic containers and it is better to use filtered water for drinking.

Conclusion

Morphea is an inflammatory medical condition; consume foods which possess anti-inflammatory process. Keep yourself hydrated as this reduces inflammation and flushes toxins from the body. Avoid unprocessed food, food-rich in sugars, alcohol, caffeine, and meat.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 13, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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