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Scleroderma is a chronic disease that causes the skin and connective tissues to harden. The hardening is a result of the overproduction of collagen. As the disease progresses, it can begin to affect the function of internal organs unless properly treated. Symptoms and disease progression are different for each patient.

Types Of Scleroderma

There are two types of scleroderma, localized and systemic.

Localized Scleroderma

This form of scleroderma generally affects children and causes growth and joint issues. Treatment focuses on inflammation control and accounts for individual factors, including lesion location and scope. This is to reduce serious issues, such as limited joint movement, which may appear with localized scleroderma.

Systemic Scleroderma

Systemic scleroderma usually develops between age 30 and age 50, more often in women than men. The condition affects the skin and internal organs, including the heart, kidneys, and lungs. Symptoms of systemic scleroderma are wide-ranging, including:

  • Abnormally light or dark skin;
  • Calcium deposits under the skin surface;
  • Changes to skin color around fingers and toes;
  • Esophageal reflux; and
  • Skin thickening.

Treatment for systemic scleroderma is concentrated on slowing disease progression and reducing symptoms. Your dermatologist may combine various treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, light therapy, and physical therapy.

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