Treatments for Scleroderma
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
high blood pressure, or difficulty swallowing.
- 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.
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