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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Scleroderma

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 
 

Address Raynaud’s Phenomenon

If you also have Raynaud’s phenomenon, the following changes can help relieve Raynaud’s symptoms:
  • Dress warmly.
  • Wear gloves and extra socks.
  • Avoid exposure to cold, including air conditioning.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking will make your symptoms worse because it causes blood vessels to become even narrower.
 

Decrease Gastrointestinal Problems

Tips for reducing gastrointestinal symptoms include:
 

Seek Support

Some people with scleroderma find themselves becoming depressed and anxious. Consider finding a support group where you can meet other people who have learned to cope with the challenges of scleroderma. Sharing your own struggles and triumphs, and learning from the struggles and triumphs of others can be very helpful.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Contact your doctor if:
  • Symptoms become worse
  • New symptoms arise
  • Depression or anxiety is interfering with your relationships, your ability to function normally, or your ability to enjoy life
 

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