Scleroderma - Treatments
Once diagnosed with scleroderma your consultant or specialist should explain all the treatment options. Depending on the type of scleroderma, you'll be offered different medications. Raynaud's is usually a common symptom with all.
In some cases, skin problems associated with scleroderma fade away on their own in three to five years. The type of scleroderma that affects internal organs usually worsens with time. If you're diagnosed with scleroderma it's important to know how to look after yourself, and what treatment types are available as treatments can lessen it's progression and symptoms.
Physical or occupational therapists can help you to:
- Manage pain
- Improve your strength and mobility
- Maintain independence with daily tasks
Used as a last resort, surgical options for scleroderma complications may include:
- Amputation. If finger ulcers caused by severe Raynaud's disease have developed gangrene, amputation may be necessary.
- Organ transplants - Lungs - People who have developed high blood pressure in the arteries to their lungs (pulmonary hypertension) may be candidates for lung transplants.
- Red spots or lines. Laser surgery can reduce the appearance of red spots or lines caused by swollen blood vessels near the surface of the skin.