Other Treatments for Scleroderma
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For Managing Dry, Stiff Skin
Skin Lotions and Emollients
You may be advised to use skin lotions to keep your skin as moist and supple as possible, and to decrease itching. Common brand names include:
- Alpha Keri Bath Oil
In early trials UVA1 light therapy, ]]>phototherapy]]> , has been shown to be potentially useful to soften the skin in localized scleroderma. It has not been useful for finger thickening and ulceration in systemic scleroderma.
For Managing Dry Eyes
Artificial tears can help lubricate dry eyes. Common brand names include:
- Dry Eyes
- Tears Naturale
For Managing Dry Mouth
Artificial saliva helps relieve dry mouth. Common brand names include:
- Saliva Substitute
- Salix lozenges
For Managing Decreased Mobility Due to Stiffness of Skin and Joints
Scleroderma can interfere with your ability to move around comfortably. 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.
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Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 15th ed. McGraw Hill; 2001.
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 Mar;54(3):440-7.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .
Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/ .
Last reviewed August 2008 by ]]>Ross Zeltser, MD, FAAD]]>
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