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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is scleroderma?

This is a condition that causes skin hardening and can be divided into localized or widespread (systemic scleroderma). It is a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks it's own body.

Symptoms related to scleroderma

  • Fingers and toes are pale white or blue

  • Diarrhea followed by constipation, or vice versa

  • Skin abnormality

  • Fingers and toes turn from pale blue to purplish-red when in the cold

  • Skin hardening

  • Hands, legs, face or neck become "stuck" or "locked" and unable to move

  • Joint pain even when resting

  • Hands and feet are cold

Questions your doctor may ask to check for scleroderma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose scleroderma

  • Do your fingers or toes look pale?

  • Do you have alternating diarrhea and constipation?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you ever experienced your fingers and toes turning from blue to purple or red in a cold environment?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

Treatment for scleroderma

Currently, there is no cure for scleroderma. Treatment focuses on controlling the inflammation and scarring in the body. Doctors may prescribe painkillers and anti-itch medicines to control symptoms. Lifestyle changes include maintaining muscle strength through exercise, and ensuring good nutrition via diet changes.

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