Dupuytren’s disease affects the fingers and palm, it is a disease that needs to be taken seriously. Generally, it only affects one finger, but in more severe cases it can cause the bending of more than one finger.
It is known to be caused by an abnormal thickening of the tissue that lies directly under the skin of the palm. This thickening usually begins with the appearance of ‘lumps’ in the palm.
Despite the formation of lumps or nodules in the palm, the disease brings little to no change in the everyday lives of about 70% of people affected by Dupuytren’s disease.
However, for the other 10%, Dupuytren’s disease can bring drastic changes to their lifestyles. This is due to the progression of the disease that leads to the formation of thick cords that pull on the finger until it becomes bent towards the palm.
This is the phase when the disease becomes a problem. It comes in the way of performing everyday activities such as picking up objects, typing, etc. It reaches a point where people need help to do everyday tasks.
There is a common perception that Dupuytren’s disease is not painful. This is untrue and has been based upon the experience of a small group of people.
A study conducted on patients suffering from the first phase of Dupuytren’s showed that they felt pain around the developed nodules.
Experts believe that this happens because of the compression of nerves along the palm. These nerves become pressed down due to the fibromatosis or abnormal multiplication of certain cells in the palm.
On the other hand, about one in five patients experience itching as the skin begins to stretch or tighten around the nodules. While one in three patients experience pain, this pain may be caused due to pre-existing conditions such as arthritis.
In the case of pain as a result of a compressed nerve, painkillers can be administered to ease or stop the pain completely.
Creams may also be beneficial to slowly massage the affected area in hopes of decompressing or removing pressure from the compressed nerve.
In general, there is no 100% sure way to cure Dupuytren’s or the complications it can bring along.
The only effective method is an early diagnosis that can help take preventive measures to stop the possible progression of Dupuytren’s disease. Dupuytren's All Natural Contracture cream has also helped customers deal with the symptoms and even help fight off Dupuytren's Contracture.
On the brighter side, most cases of Dupuytren’s disease are benign and cause no extreme complications.
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