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Macular Amyloidosis: All we need to know

About


Macular amyloidosis (MA) is a form of cutaneous amyloidosis and is represented by brownish macules showing a rippled pattern, distributed mainly over the trunk and extremities.


Asia, Middle East, Central and South America experiences the largest number of incidents relating to Macular Amyloidosis. [1]


Not self-treatable
Not self-diagnosable
Lab tests or imaging may be required
Long-term: gets cured within months to years


Caused by: It occurs due to deposits of amyloids.
Complications: It can lead to certain immune disorders.


It can affect both men and women. It is more common in women between ages 20 to 50 years. It can also occur due to hereditary history and can mainly affect any age group above 20s. It can become severe; if left untreated.


Symptoms



Self-diagnosable: Macular amyloidosis is not self-diagnosable. It can only be diagnosed by doctors in order to differentiate among different types of amyloidosis.


People may experience: Symptoms similar to eczema but less itching


Diagnosis and Treatment


Diagnosis: Macular amyloid suggested by the skin appearance is diagnosed by taking a skin sample and testing it via a non-anaesthetic injection. To confirm that the cause in not internal, blood tests or urine tests may also be recommended by the dermatologist.


Treatment


Self care: Protection of skin from the sun by applying lotions and sunscreen. Prevention of extensive rubbing and scratching.


Medicines: Doctor may prescribe antihistamine tablets to reduce itching. Also, steroid ointments, vitamin D creams, and courses of ultra-violet treatment helps to cure macular amyloidosis. In some cases, surgical options such as Carbon Dioxide laser therapy may be recommended by doctors.


Specialists: For further concerns, consult a dermatologist. At mfine, you will receive a holistic treatment plan for the betterment of your skin and optimum health.

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