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How do I manage my scleroderma on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Managing your scleroderma on a daily basis should first involve following your doctor's recommendations for medication and other treatment. There are additional things you can do to help manage the physical and emotional effects of scleroderma. Maintaining joint flexibility and muscle strength can help alleviate pain and stiffness and promote circulation, so it is important to exercise and keep a healthy lifestyle. If you smoke, quit - smoking constricts blood vessels, which may worsen symptoms. To protect sensitive hands and fingers, wear gloves whenever you expose your hands to cold even for a few seconds. Joining a support group, practicing meditation and other relaxation techniques, or seeking help from a counselor can help manage the emotional stress that may come from scleroderma.

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