Although there is no current cure for scleroderma, there are many drugs available to help control it, including:
Exercise is very important for people with scleroderma because it increases skin and joint flexibility, promotes blood flow and prevents contractures. Your doctor and physical therapist can work with you to develop a healthy exercise plan.
You can reduce stress and injury to your joints by learning to perform daily activities in a special way. Occupational and physical therapists can teach you ways to relieve pain and increase function through joint protection.
You can protect your skin from injury by:
Living with a chronic disease may cause social and emotional stresses. Talk to your doctor or other members of your health care team about ways to reduce stress and fatigue.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.