In some cases, the inflammation may resolve by itself over a few years and does not require medication. In the majority of cases, corticosteroids are prescribed.
The main corticosteroids used in treating both types of scleroderma are:
In severe cases of systemic scleroderma autologous bone marrow transplantation is undertaken.
Physiotherapy is very important. It helps prevent tight skin from effecting the joints and muscles below and is a fundamental treatment in systemic scleroderma if the lungs and chest wall are affected.
Massage and moisturising creams may be recommended to soften and relax tightened skin lesions. Cosmetics can help cover the skin with pigmentation damage, especially on the face.
If you are using the internet to search for information about you child’s disease, in addition to the excellent Australian resources listed, we recommend information provided by Paediatric Rheumatology InterNational Trials Organisation (PRINTO)
PRINTO is an international public network of academic and/or clinical centres engaged in the research and clinical care of children with paediatric rheumatic diseases. They collect a lot of information world-wide and so the information they provide is reliable and up-to-date.