Coping with Scleroderma

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According to the Scleroderma Foundation, while there is no proven cure for scleroderma, much can be done to prevent, minimize or alleviate its effects and symptoms. Scleroderma symptoms vary greatly from individual to individual, but there also are a number of general common-sense measures that can help patients cope with the disease and enhance well-being. These measures include:

  • Avoiding over-fatigue by taking it easy and getting sufficient rest. Knowing your own limits does not indicate you are lazy.
  • Learn to control and minimize stress.
  • Eat well-balanced meals and maintain a sensible weight.
  • Practice good hygiene habits, especially for the skin, teeth, gums and feet (including wearing cushioned and well-fitted shoes).
  • Avoid smoking. The health risks of smoking are well known but frequently ignored. It is particularly dangerous to persons with scleroderma because it can have effects on blood circulation and lung function.

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