What Is Scleroderma?

Q:
What is the definition of scleroderma?

A:
Scleroderma is a group of disorders that causes thick, tight skin. It may also result in scar tissues and organ damage. It falls into two categories:

  • Local scleroderma. It occurs on skin and the muscle beneath.
  • Systemic sclerosis. It involves blood vessels and major organs.

Common symptoms include: hard and thick skin that looks shiny and smooth; cold finger or toes than turn red, white, or blue; ulcers and sores on fingertips; swollen fingers, toes or joints.

There is not a treatment for scleroderma, your doctor will help you better manage your symptoms.

Keyword: scleroderma disease

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