Healthy Living: Symptoms of scleroderma
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In the U.S., there are approximately 300,000 cases of the auti-immune disease scleroderma, but experts say that number is likely much higher due to people going undiagnosed.
Scleroderma is a condition where the body produces too much collagen. It can cause blotchy red spots on the face, hands to be deform and in some cases effect vital organs.
"It's a disease not just of the skin,” rheumatologist Dr. Lee Shapiro said. “It's a disease in which there can be fibrosis internally, the heart, the lungs and any part of the GI track."
A common symptom of scleroderma is a condition called Reynaud’s. Symptoms that may indicate the heart and or lungs are involved is fatigue and shortness of breath.
Learn more about the symptoms of scleroderma in the video above.