What is scleroderma?
There are two types of scleroderma: localized (especially in children) and systemic. While the disease principally affects the skin, the systemic form also involves the kidneys, lungs, and intestinal track. Usually the disease begins with a localized area of erythema and sometimes with joint pains or swellings or carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is the treatment for scleroderma?
Treatment may include:
- Corticosteroids, methotrexate, and other immune modulators
- Protecting the skin from injury and extreme cold (especially for children who have Raynaud’s phenomenon)
- Physical therapy