According to the John Hopkins Scleroderma Center, scleroderma has a big impact on your body, both emotionally and physically. There are a number of parts of your body that may be directly or indirectly affected by scleroderma and should be watched. Since scleroderma varies from person to person, these effects may vary and may not even occur in some cases. These will also help classify the type of scleroderma: limited scleroderma or diffuse scleroderma.
It’s important to assess if there is any skin damage and its level of involvement. For that, the physician usually performs a skin score by palpation in order to assess the degree of thickening.
At least seventeen areas are evaluated and scored from normal (0) to severe (3) and summed up. The physician will look at the feet, lower leg, upper leg, abdomen, chest, face, upper arms, forearms, hands and fingers.
Throughout June, our resident blogger and scleroderma patient, Nicola Whitehill, posted daily information and facts about scleroderma to celebrate the Scleroderma Awareness Month.