Unfortunately, there are no treatments available to cure scleroderma. Similarly, no treatments have been proven to slow the progression of the disease or modify its course, although a number of medications are often prescribed in the hopes that they will achieve this goal.
Goals of treatment include:
- Treating existing symptoms, such as Raynaud’s phenomenon , arthritis , high blood pressure , difficulty swallowing, among others.
- Protecting the skin from further damage
- Supporting you and your family so that you can learn to live with the effects of scleroderma
Treatment involves the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments
Surgery is done for complicated cases of scleroderma.
- Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
- Review Date: 12/2011 -
- Update Date: 12/30/2011 -