Scleroderma is a chronic, autoimmune disease that affects the skin and connective tissues in the body, and leads to the hardening and tightening of the fibers. It can affect only the skin, or additional structures including blood vessels, organs and the digestive tract. Sign and symptoms vary, but commonly include areas of thickened skin, fatigue, stiffness and poor blood flow. Scleroderma affects more women than men, and age of onset is usually 30 to 50 years old. There is currently no cure for scleroderma, but treatments exist to target symptoms.
Organizations exist to help those dealing with scleroderma in their lives.