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I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I have localized morphea which has finally burnt out and after 3 year of taking methotrexate I came off the medication in February 2016. However for the past week I have found that if I apply any pressure to the areas where I have scarring (mainly my arms) it gets very hot, itchy and inflamed. This does then calm after a little while. I have also had a cold this week so wondered if it might be linked to my body trying to fight the cold and therefore my immune system is overreacting a bit?

I just wondered if anyone else had experienced anything similar and if so what action did they take?

I currently have an open appointment avaliable with my consultant so can go back at anytime until February 2017.


Thank you for your help



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Hi Nicky,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering with morphea and although, as you have found, the disease does settle down, it can cause other problems to surface.


Although I have no medical training, I would suggest that any changes in symptoms should be reported to your consultant, if only to make sure that there is no other underlying cause for the symptoms you describe. It could be due to morphea changes in your skin, but equally there could be other reasons for the discomfort you're experiencing, so it's always worth getting things checked out by an expert, especially with such a complex disease as scleroderma.


I've included a link to our medical page on treatments for itching skin; although primarily this relates to skin itching due to systemic scleroderma, I hope that you'll find the information helpful and interesting.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

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