Scleroderma is the inflammation of connective tissue in and around the capillaries. After cessation of the inflammation, scars cause hardening in the capillary tissue. This very rare collagenosis, which occurs only in one out of 100,000 people, usually affects skin and esophagus. Skin parts become shiny and uncomfortable tensely, and hardening of the esophagus can lead to ever-greater difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia). Like most other collagenases, scleroderma may also affect almost every organ, such as the heart, kidneys or lungs, and the patient feels generally weak with a slightly elevated temperature, loss of appetite and weight loss.
What to do?
If you have any symptoms of this disease, you should contact a physician who will probably refer you to blood tests and x-rays (with barium curds). If scleroderma diagnosis is confirmed, many symptoms can be kept under the control with regular taking of specific medications. The physician can also send you a physiotherapist who will show you exercises to prevent unpleasant skin tensions.