What is Scleroderma?
Scleroderma (“hard skin”) is an autoimmune disease that prompts your body to make too much of the protein collagen and causes connective tissue to become hard or thick. The causes of scleroderma are unknown, but it is more common in women. It can be mild or severe.
How Does Scleroderma Affect My Skin?
The result of this disease is thicker, less flexible skin that can’t stretch the way it used to (or that it is supposed to). It can affect small, localized areas of skin or be more systemic, affecting large areas of the body. It can also affect other tissues in your body, and can cause swelling or pain in the muscles and joints.
While there is no cure, various medical treatments can effectively control symptoms and complications.