Charcot Marie Tooth disease is the most common hereditary nerve damage affecting almost 2 million people worldwide. Although there is no cure for this condition yet scientists have come up with few approved therapies to handle the underlying causes of the genetic neurological disorder. These therapies can help reduce your symptoms and enable you to live as independently as possible.

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There are many research happening across the world and the researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine and the University Medical Center of Gottingen are trying to use lecithin (a fat that is essential in the cells of the body also used as a dietary supplement).1

Home Remedies For Charcot Marie Tooth

There are natural home remedies and experimental treatments for this condition. Let us see some of the other approaches.2, 3

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Vitamin C For Charcot Marie Tooth- Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) plays an important role in the body and helps in the improvement of nerve damage. Food that is rich in vitamin C includes fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits such as lemon and oranges. Your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in bones for the effective healing process. In the present scenario, researchers are investigating to compare ascorbic acid to placebo in the treatment of Charcot Marie Tooth 1A. The results concluded that ascorbic acid treatment reduced the worsening of the Charcot Marie Tooth.

Physical Therapy- People with Charcot Marie Tooth often have progressive loss of strength, balance, and sensation. However, balance problems are nearly treated through home remedies such as stretching and physical exercises. A physical therapy program to help ease some of her Charcot Marie Tooth -related movement problems and get you back to the is routine.

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Investigational Drugs – Charcot Marie Tooth investigational drugs such as PXT3003, ACE-083, and ADX71441 showed positive results after clinical trials. However, this research is still under investigations.4

Treatment For Charcot Marie Tooth

Charcot Marie Tooth gets worse when not treated early. Also, the condition worsens when they are not assessed regularly. The interval of your assessment often depends on the severity of the disease. Some of the therapies of Charcot Marie Tooth disease include

Physiotherapy- Charcot Marie Tooth is a condition that occurs as a result of peripheral nerve damage. This damage typically results in the weakening of the muscles and influences your daily lifestyle to a greater extent. An even simpler routine such as walking, brushing teeth or hair becomes very difficult. Physiotherapy apparently helps these patients to strengthen their capabilities and continue living their normal lifestyle.

Occupational Therapy- This can help patients make the necessary adjustments in their daily routine so they remain independent and maintain their quality of life. The occupational therapists will demonstrate and teach you individual home exercise to support the activities. Perhaps these activities will help you to stay as active as possible for long.

Treating Pain Through Medications- Before taking any medication or changing medication, all Charcot Marie Tooth patients should make sure the treating physician is fully aware of their medical condition. Neuropathic pain may be treated with tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) or anticonvulsant medication. In fact, these medicines are not painkillers but can effectively manage their symptoms.

Surgery- Most patients who have moderate to severe Charcot Marie Tooth disease can be helped with surgery if they’re not getting the results they want. The majority of surgeries performed on children with Charcot Marie Tooth involve the foot however the types of foot surgery performed are changing. Surgical approaches typically involve tendon transfers and procedures to correct the angle at which the foot striking the ground.

Conclusion

Although Charcot Marie Tooth belongs to the class of rare diseases yet in Germany alone, at least 30,000 people suffer from Charcot Marie Tooth neuropathy. As the parent of a child infected with Charcot Marie Tooth, you should be informed about the symptoms and your child’s condition. Ensure that your child follows the right treatment.

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Sheetal DeCaria MD

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Last Modified On: August 13, 2019

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