Scleroderma
Scleroderma is the hardening and tightening of the skin
and connective tissue.


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What are some symptoms? Some symptoms are redness,
swelling, itching, tenderness, pain and the thickening of skin.


Who does Scleroderma affect? Scleroderma mostly affects women and is 3 times more common in women than men. It also occurs between the ages of 35-54.

Where does Scleroderma present itself? Scleroderma mostly affects the skin of the face and hands, the skin will become tighter and thicker. It can also move to other parts if the body including the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, heart, lung and joints.
(This can cause an excess in connective tissue)

How is Scleroderma treated? Since there is no known cause for Scleroderma there is not a specific treatment. Topical treatments such as moisturizers and corticosteroids are used for the skin and anti-inflammatory medication for joint pain.


Citations
http://www.womenshealthresearch.org
http://www.medicinenet.com/scleroderma/article.htm
http://www.scleroderma.org/medical/overview.shtm