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Can scleroderma be prevented?

Without a definitive, known cause of scleroderma, prevention of the disease is difficult. Limiting exposure to certain potential environmental risk factors such as silica dust and paint thinners may help reduce your risk. Since other risk factors are linked to gender and ethnicity, there's little else that can be done to prevent the disorder. You may be able to prevent symptoms, however, by following your doctor's recommendations for medication and other treatment.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Since the cause of scleroderma still stumps researchers like a tough brainteaser, it is unlikely that we know how to prevent this with any surety.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
With the direct cause of scleroderma still not entirely understood, it is difficult to prevent. Most of the focus has been on treatment and coping strategies associated with the various symptoms of the disease.


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