Types of Scleroderma

Types of scleroderma are narrowed down into two, they are localized and systemic. 

  1. Localized 

This scleroderma is often considered the least severe of scleroderma and doesn’t affect internal organs. It has two different types, they are morphea and linear. The symptoms of morphea include darker or lighter skin. It causes you to feel itchy and lead your skin to be shiny and hairless. Meanwhile, linear scleroderma leads you to experience hardened skin on limbs. It also affects muscles and bones. This type of localized scleroderma rarely occurs on the face and head. Linear scleroderma has a purple border shape with white color in the middle.

  • Systemic 

It usually affects blood circulation and internal organs of the scleroderma patient. Systemic scleroderma itself is divided into two with the least severe type is called “limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis”. It affects the skin on lower arms, legs, face, feet, and hands. This type of systemic scleroderma also causes issues on lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, and digestive system. In this way, scleroderma and esophagus involvement is also commonly associated. Another type of systemic scleroderma is diffuse systemic sclerosis that affects skin areas from above the wrists to hands. It also affects internal organs and causes weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and difficulty for swallowing or breathing. The progress of scleroderma can be slowed down effectively if the disease is identified as early as possible. Consulting with your doctor will be the best option to take to find the best scleroderma treatment for skin thickening that is suitable the most with your individual needs

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