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Other Treatments for Scleroderma

For Managing Dry, Stiff Skin

Skin Lotions and Emollients

You may be advised to use skin lotions to keep your skin moist and supple, as well as to decrease itching.

Light Therapy

UVA-1 light therapy may be used as a treatment for localized scleroderma . It has not been useful for finger thickening and ulceration in systemic scleroderma.

For Managing Dry Eyes

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears can help lubricate dry eyes. There are many brands available.

For Managing Dry Mouth

Artificial Saliva

Artificial saliva helps relieve dry mouth. These are available without a prescription.

For Managing Decreased Mobility Due to Stiffness of Skin and Joints

Physical Therapy

Scleroderma can interfere with your ability to comfortably move around. Stiffness of your skin and joints can greatly interfere with your ability to be active. Physical therapy may help you retain or regain mobility and ease of movement.

Revision Information

  • Durand F, Staumont D, Bonnevalle A, Hachulla E, Hatron PY, Thomas P. Ultraviolet A1 phototherapy for treatment of acrosclerosis in systemic sclerosis: controlled study with half-side comparison analysis. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2007;23(6):215-221.

  • Kreuter A, Hyun J, Stücker M, Sommer A, Altmeyer P, Gambichler T. A randomized controlled study of low-dose UVA1, medium-dose UVA1, and narrowband UVB phototherapy in the treatment of localized scleroderma. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006;54(3):440-447.

  • Scleroderma. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Scleroderma/default.asp. Updated August 2012. Accessed August 8, 2013.

  • Systemic sclerosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 5, 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.

  • What is scleroderma? Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/site/PageServer?pagename=patients%5Fwhatis#.V2G4ck2FPIU. Accessed August 8, 2013.