Reviewed by Mehrnaz Maleki, MD
Early recognition of scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) is essential. This will allow for prompt treatment

It is important to recognize that there is no cure for scleroderma. In addition, because it is a chronic disease, people often require medical therapy for many years to keep scleroderma under control.

Goals of therapy vary for each person, because the various organs involved in a given person with scleroderma guide treatment. There are a number of effective organ-specific treatments available for people with scleroderma. Combinations of anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive medicines are often needed. These manage the underlying problems with the immune system. Various other medications are often needed to control the skin and internal organ problems associated with this disease. In particular, chemotherapy may be required to control underlying lung problems. If a person is diagnosed with ILD or pulmonary hypertension, specific treatment is recommended to treat these.

 

In addition to medication therapy, treatment of scleroderma may include:

  • Partnering with your health care provider to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Learning more about scleroderma
  • Living a full life that includes adopting a healthy lifestyle involving
  • Giving up smoking
  • Avoiding infections
  • Taking medications as prescribed

Many people benefit from physical therapy and rehabilitation. Under the guidance of rehabilitation therapists, people with scleroderma often learn how to appropriately rest, exercise, strengthen and maintain joint and muscle function.

 

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