Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Mixed connective tissue disease is a chronic condition which is caused due to an autoimmune reaction. The disease is progressive and may lead to serious complications. The disease is not completely curable and only the symptoms can be managed. Apart from the treatment through medicines, various home remedies are also available which can help in reducing the symptoms.

Home Remedies For Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Mixed connective tissue disease is a condition which is caused due to an autoimmune disorder. It is a chronic and progressive disease and the unmanaged symptoms may lead to serious complications. The disease is not completely curable, but the symptoms can be managed. The drugs used for managing the symptoms include steroids, immunosuppressants, NSAIDs, calcium channel blockers, antibiotics, antimalarial and pulmonary hypertension drugs. Apart from these medications, various home remedies are available which, if applied, plays a crucial role in the management of mixed connective disease symptoms. Following are such home remedies:

Curcumin. Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory substance which helps in relieving pain and inflammation. Further, it is also a powerful antioxidant which helps in reducing the oxidative stress.

Limit Intake Of Salt. The patient should limit the intake of salt and sugar as it may lead to cardiovascular complications including hypertension.

Stress Management. Stress increases the symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease. The patient should know the techniques for the management of stress. The techniques may include yoga and medications. Counseling may also help in dealing with stress. Further, involving in the social community also helps in improving the quality of life. The patient should be motivated to pursue his hobbies.

Exercise. Exercise is an excellent option for improving the physical activity of the person suffering from mixed connective tissue disease. Heavyweight exercises should be avoided as they may worsen the symptoms. Mild weight exercises and aerobics are the best options for such patients. Also, the patient may opt to join aqua rehabilitation which includes exercise and other water exercises.

Diet. Diet management is another remedy which a patient may follow to manage the symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease. The patient should eat a healthy diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for the nervous and cardiovascular system. Iron-rich foods should be incorporated in the diet to manage iron-deficiency anemia. The digestive system can be kept in a healthy state by eating fiber-rich foods.

Avoid Smoking. Smoking should be avoided due to two main reasons. First, the blood vessels get narrowed due to smoking which leads to increased blood pressure. Second, pulmonary complications are aggravated due to smoking.

Protection From Cold. Exposure to cold, especially of the fingers, may lead to severe symptoms. The common condition found in mixed connective tissue disease is Raynaud’s syndrome which is characterized by the reduced blood flow in the peripheral organs. Exposure to severe cold may lead to tissue necrosis. Thus the patient should protect himself from cold.

Chronic Infection Management. The patient should take care of chronic infection as this is also the cause of fatal complications including sepsis. Any symptoms of concern should be immediately put in the notice of the healthcare professional.

Symptoms Of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Following are the symptoms experienced by the patients suffering from mixed connective tissue disease:

Fever And Chills. Due to the inflammatory mediators present in the blood, the patient may experience fever and chills.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s phenomenon is one of the most common symptoms of a patient suffering from mixed connective tissue disease.

Fatigue. Most of the energy of the body is used in fighting against the disease. Thus the patient experiences fatigue and weakness.

Joint Pain. Patient with mixed connective tissue disease may also have inflammation and pain in joints.

Swollen Fingers. As the fluid buildup inside the body, the fingers of the patients get swollen.

Conclusion

Various home remedies include stress management, curcumin, infection management, exercise, healthy diet, avoiding smoking and protection from cold. Through lifestyle changes, the quality of life of the patient is significantly improved.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 12, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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