Full treatment for scleroderma remains elusive, but ACE inhibitors, commonly used with heart patients, have been successful in treating people with both scleroderma and kidney problems, a combination that ten years ago was considered lethal. For some patients, treatment consists of the immunosuppressant azothioprin.
Scleroderma: Key Facts
- A chronic autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue.
- Symptoms affect the skin and can affect internal organs (lungs, heart, kidneys).
- The disease ranges from mild to life threatening.
- It can cause fatigue, weight loss, dry mouth and eyes.
- Swallowing can become problematic
- Affected joints and bones impact on mobility.
- It is not contagious, cancerous or malignant.
Raynaud's: Key Facts
- A condition that interrupts blood supply to the extremities.
- Symptoms affect fingers, toes, ears and nose.
- Secondary Raynaud's is associated with scleroderma.
- It can be triggered by touching cold objects,
- Anxiety, stress and smoking can lead to the onset.
- Women are affected nine times more often than men
- It can be hereditary.