You may be advised to use skin lotions to keep your skin moist and supple, as well as to decrease itching.
UVA-1 light therapy may be used as a treatment for localized
. It has not been useful for finger thickening and ulceration in systemic scleroderma.
Artificial tears can help lubricate dry eyes. There are many brands available.
Artificial saliva helps relieve dry mouth. These are available without a prescription.
Scleroderma can interfere with your ability to comfortably move around. Stiffness of your skin and joints can greatly interfere with your ability to be active. Physical therapy may help you retain or regain mobility and ease of movement.
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Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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