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Hi Katherine,


I'm interested to see how this is answered... I'm not of the belief that there is a connection, but we ALL can rest assured... I'm not a dr! lol

1) Stress can exacerbate psoriasis and scleroderma

2) Methotrexate can help treat both, yet differently; psoriasis' plaque/flare (when severe)


Yet, while psoriasis responds well to some exposure to sun (and in some cases) PUVA treatments... Scleroderma seems to be the opposite!


Now... these are my experiences with each, as I happen to have both... psoriasis and scleroderma. Prior to being diagnosed with SD, my dermatologist set me up with PUVA treatments... only 3 of which I was able to "get through" before I started having

swelling of my skin, a serious flare, itching and burning of my skin... much more serious than I had in the beginning. In the ER, I was given a shot of Epinepherine, which took care of the allergic reaction. Needless to say, I refused further PUVA treatments!


Do you have psoriasis, as well as scleroderma, Katherine? If so, how long?

I've had psoriasis since 1983 and I was diagnosed with scleroderma in 1995, but the symptoms began in 1991.


My best to you.

Hugs, Susie

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I did a little looking around on the Sclero A to Z website and did find that psoriasis is listed as one of the conditions often associated with Scleroderma. I think it is considered an autoimmune disease as well and one of the things I think I remember reading is that if an indivdiual has one autoimmune disease, they are more likely to have another. So, I would guess that is the link between the two.


Hope this helps.


Warm wishes,


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hi katherine,

interesting question. heidi is right about these both being autoimmune diseases. they are also both the result of T-cells (regulatory cells of the immune system) attacking the body. heidi also made the point that individuals with sclero can also have psoriasis. persons with either disease can also be afflicted with arthritis . very interesting group of diseases. although not very pleasant if you have one. many of the same medications are used to treat both diseases.


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