The most classic symptom of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is sclerodactyly. Initial symptoms include swollen hands, which sometimes progress to this tapering and claw-like deformity. Not everyone with scleroderma develops this degree of skin hardening. However, it is this symptom that has earned scleroderma the nickname of 'the disease that turns people to stone'.
Management of cutaneous discomfort in patients with scleroderma: a clinical trial. This study verified the efficacy of two formulations, specifically designed to wash, moisturize and soothe the scleroderma skin, especially in association with Iloprost therapy. PubMed, Reumatismo, 2013 Dec 18;65(5):240-7.
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