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Can I catch scleroderma?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can't catch scleroderma. This condition occurs when the body produces too much collagen. You need collagen, which is an essential component of skin and other structures in the body. But when collagen builds up, it makes the skin hard and thick. Scleroderma can also harm internal organs. Early symptoms of scleroderma include red-colored, oval-shaped patches on the skin that feel hard. If you have any new or suspicious markings or spots on your skin, see a dermatologist.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
We do not think scleroderma is caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus so it is not contagious.

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