Limited Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis

Limited Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis

This condition is also called CREST syndrome. It is a subtype of scleroderma (hardened skin). This usually affects the skin of lower arms and legs mostly below elbows and knees. Sometimes face and neck can also become affected. Usually it’s not fatal and consequences are minor. But it can lead to serious complications if lungs and heart are involved.


Symptoms include:

  • Shiny, tight and hardened  skin
  • Raynaud’s phenomena is seen in which skin turns white or blue when exposed to cold.
  • Painless lines or red spots on skin
  • Skin has developed bumps
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Limited scleroderma main cause is unknown. However, studies shows that it is an autoimmune disease in which body’s own immune system attacks it’s own cells. As a result of this too much collagen is produce which leads to it’s accumulation in skin and internal organs limiting there normal function.


Diagnose of this condition depends upon detailed medical history and complete general physical examination of the patient. Other tests include:

  • Blood test
  • Skin biopsy

Treatment options include:

  • Medications like topical antibiotics, antacids, antihypertensive drugs, corticosteroids.
  • Therapies like physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Surgery for painful joints and laser treatment for red spots
 Home Remedies
  • Keep the body warm to avoid Raynaud’s symptoms
  • Quit smoking
  • Be active and exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy organic foods
  • Bath less often and avoid harsh soaps and exfoliants
  • Use humidifier and moisturize often.
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