Scleroderma Treatments

While there is no cure for scleroderma, Northwestern Medicine specialists help patients find relief from the symptoms, and slowing down the damage caused by the disease, using a variety of approaches.

If you are diagnosed with scleroderma, your treatment plan will be based on several factors, including:

  • Your age, overall health and medical history
  • The extent of the condition
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures and therapies
  • The expectation for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroids to relieve pain
  • Immunosuppressive medications, such as penicillamine to slow the skin thickening process and delay damage to internal organs
  • Treating specific symptoms, such as heartburn and Raynaud's phenomenon, a condition in which some areas of your body feel numb and cool in certain circumstances
  • Physical therapy and exercise to maintain muscle strength