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“For about two years, I’ve had problems with skin irritations in my inner elbow area on both arms, behind the knees of both legs, on my lower legs and inside on top of my ankles as well as inside my armpits. The problem occurred when the weather became hot (late spring and summer into early fall), and was terribly annoying because these areas itched a lot and then left some dark scarring. Last summer, the problem spread to my neck area!

Until I saw Dr. Weaver, I was trying to alleviate the condition with Tinactin and then alcohol, but the alcohol blistered the skin on my neck!

I decided finally to call and schedule an appointment with the doctor (who has been treating my son for severe acne-cyst formation, etc for over a year). Dr. Weaver diagnosed my condition as a form of eczema and prescribed an ointment and gave samples of a pill.

As soon as I started using this ointment, the problem improved tremendously! I am very satisfied with the results I have seen and by the way, haven’t even needed the pills.

Thank you Dr. Weaver!!!”


What is scleroderma?

This condition takes its name from the Greek root word skleros, which means hard, and derma, which means relating to the skin. It is an autoimmune disorder, causing the skin as well as other tissues to harden. It is not cancerous, contagious, or infectious.

Scleroderma is a chronic disease, affecting about 300,000 Americans. It typically develops between the age of 25 and 55, and it progresses over time.

What causes scleroderma?

This condition is the result of excess collagen production. Although the cause of the excess collagen is not clear, it appears to be associated with the immune system. There are two forms:

Localized scleroderma affects only the skin.

Systemic scleroderma affects the skin, as well as other tissues and organs such as the lungs, kidneys, heart, intestines, and gall bladder.

Symptoms of scleroderma

Some of the most common signs include:

  • Unusually light or dark skin.
  • Changes in the coloring of the fingers or toes when exposed to cold or heat.
  • Hardening or thickening skin.
  • Shiny skin on the forearms and hands.
  • Small lumps, white in color, forming beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Tightness of the facial skin.
  • Ulcers on the toes or fingers.

Scleroderma treatment at Dr. W Dermatology

Unfortunately, this condition cannot be cured; however, medications can help to slow the progression and ease the symptoms. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the condition. It may include:

  • Biological medications that suppress the over-activity of the immune system.
  • Medications to stabilize blood pressure can help the functionality of the lungs and kidneys.
  • Occupational or physical therapy is helpful for many patients.
  • In some cases, surgical intervention is required.

Although scleroderma is less common than many familiar skin diseases like acne, it can be devastating for those affected. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned, or you have any other persistent, unknown skin problem, visit Dr. W Dermatology. You can call 281 771-0494 to schedule an appointment at either of our locations. We have offices in Katy and Houston for your convenience.