Types Of Scleroderma
There are two types of scleroderma, localized and systemic.
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 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.