Scleroderma

Yuma Dermatology

Learn more about Scleroderma and how Yuma Dermatology can help.
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About Scleroderma

What is It?

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease of the skin, characterized by fibrosis of the skin. In other words, the disease causes hardening, thickening, and scarring of the skin’s connective tissues. Although it's often localized to specific parts of the body, it can also be widespread, causing systemic issues that affect internal tissues and organs, including the esophagus, blood vessels, kidneys, lungs, heart, and GI tract. Even if scleroderma is restricted to a smaller area of your body and/or doesn’t impact you internally, it can still be troublesome, as the skin on your face, fingers, neck, and feet become swollen, tender, inflamed, and/or hardened as well as experience a decreased range of motion.
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About Scleroderma

What Causes It?

Unfortunately, there are no clear causes of this condition, although there is evidence that genetics and the environment contribute substantially to its development.
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About Scleroderma

Common Treatments

Due to the complicated nature of scleroderma as well as the uncertainty of what causes it, treatment is customized on a case-by-case basis and may involve various options, as a single medication or treatment may not be completely effective. For example, you may have a mild, localized case that does not require treatment. On the other hand, someone else may have a severe, relentless case that involves multiple options, each addressing a single of the various symptoms that manifest. For the experts at our dermatology center, the ultimate goal is management of the conditions.

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Our Approach & Expertise

We know that a complicated, often systemic skin condition like scleroderma can have an adverse impact on you, both physically and emotionally. As your neighborhood skin specialists, we’re here to provide encouragement, support, and answers to your questions about this challenging condition. Our trained, knowledgeable dermatologic experts have the experience to help you manage scleroderma with treatment options tailored to suit your needs and goals. We’ll be by your side each step of the way, addressing your concerns and providing compassionate advice and support.

Healthy skin is our passion. Contact us today if you notice scleroderma symptoms so that we can help you find a customized solution.
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