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For Managing Dry, Stiff Skin

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

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.

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

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

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.

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Last reviewed June 2013 by Brian Randall, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.