Patients with scleroderma can find relief from their skin and muscle discomfort through a variety of medications. Certain medications may be prescribed to assist the patient’s body in carrying out functions that have become impaired due to the damaged connective tissue. Being that scleroderma is a disease in which the immune system is overactive, medications may be prescribed to reduce immune system activity to normal levels. Better treatment options, as well as a cure, are still being researched, while current treatment methods continually prove to be effective in relieving symptoms.
Lessening the Pain of Scleroderma: Lifestyle Changes and Prevention
Every scleroderma patient requires unique medical care. It is important that the patient maintains the best emotional health possible, as the condition can be cosmetically challenging and life changing. Support groups for those with scleroderma are available across the nation to help patients feel more empowered and less alone with their condition.
Living with scleroderma can be difficult. There are certain lifestyle adjustments that can be made by those suffering from scleroderma so they can live more comfortably. According to Scleroderma.org, these changes include:
- Adequate rest
- Avoiding stressful activities
- Healthy nutritional and weight management practices
- Ensuring that the body is kept as clean and comfortable as possible
- Not smoking, as smoking worsens damage to connective tissue and blood circulation
With these practices, people living with scleroderma can better manage their condition and enjoy a more normal lifestyle.
Together We Are Stronger: Join the Battle Against Scleroderma
With the help of the Scleroderma Foundation, people around the world have joined forces for over 20 years during the month of June in the fight against scleroderma. By doing your part to support scleroderma awareness and research, finding a cure and better treatment options becomes possible. Here is how you can support scleroderma awareness efforts today:
- Spread the word throughout your social media communities using the hashtag #scleroderma.
- Become an advocate for the Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act and spread the word to your United States government representatives about the disease by visiting the Scleroderma Foundation’s Action Center Webpage.
- Show your spirit during the month of June by wearing the color teal, the official color for scleroderma awareness.
- Help support the scleroderma community and make a personal donation to the Scleroderma Foundation. Visit the Scleroderma Foundation’s Donation Page to donate today.