Scleroderma, more commonly known as systematic sclerosis, is an autoimmune disease that primarily affects the skin. It is commonly characterised by the hardening of patches of skin. It is not contagious, infectious or cancerous. It can be categorised into 2 specific group – limited or diffused.

  • Limited scleroderma
    This form of sclerosis mainly affects the face, hands, fingers, arms and legs. The sclerosis is localised and is often contained to several patches of hardened and dry skin around specific areas of the body.
  • Diffuse scleroderma
    The presence of hardened dry skin is widespread throughout the body. It can affect any part of the body and it is not contained to a specific area of the body. It could also affect major internal organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidney and even the blood vessels and nervous system.
    Listed below are the signs and symptoms of scleroderma.
  • Patches of dry and hardened skin
    It could be confined to a specific area of the body, like in limited scleroderma, or it could be widespread throughout the body, like diffused scleroderma.
  • Sclerodactyly
    It is known as the thickening of the skin on the fingers, resulting in them being difficult to straighten or bend
  • Calcinosis
    It is whereby small white calcium lumps are deposited under the skin. They could break through the skin surface occasionally and result in a milky white discharge.
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
    It characterised by seeing blue fingers or toes due to the decreased blood flow to these areas in response to emotional stress or cold temperatures.
  • Digestive problems
    It is evident in the loss of appetite. It could lead to acid reflux or constipation.
  • Muscular problems

  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
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