The treatment for scleroderma consists in reducing the symptoms of patients and, therefore, may include the use of:
- Remedies anti-fibróticos, such as Penicillamine, which slow down the buildup of collagen;
- Remedies vasoativos, such as Nifedipine, Diltiazem or Pentoxifylline, which dilate the veins;
- Remedies for high blood pressure, such as Captopril, to prevent cardiovascular problems;
- Remedies immunosuppressants, such as Cyclophosphamide or Azathioprine, used for lung problems;
- Remedies for the stomach, such as Cisapride or Omeprazole, to prevent problems in the esophagus, such as esophagitis;
- Remedies anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen or Ketoprofen, to reduce the joint pain.
These remedies are more common in the treatment for scleroderma, systemic, however also can be used in scleroderma localized.
In addition to the remedies, the patients, during the treatment, should sleep with the head high, keep hands and feet warm, do regular exercise and go to physical therapy.
Another treatment that can be useful to treat this disease is phototherapy, which consists in the exposure of affected area to a special light in clinics or hospitals. Learn more details of this treatment by clicking here.
Physical therapy treatment for scleroderma
Physical therapy treatment for scleroderma, it is especially used in the treatment for scleroderma, localized , and serves to decrease the pain, prevent joint contractures and in maintaining the function and scope of the members.
For this, the physical therapy treatment for scleroderma consists of exercises, mobilization and manipulation that must be done daily or according to the indication of the physical therapist.