Newly Diagnosed With Scleroderma

Scleroderma Education

A new diagnosis of scleroderma doesn't have to be overwhelming, even though the disease itself is complex.  The symptoms of scleroderma vary greatly from individual to individual, and the effects of scleroderma can range from very mild to severe.  The seriousness will depend on what parts of the body are affected and the extent to which they are affected.  A mild case can become more serious if not properly treated.  Prompt and proper diagnosis and treatment by qualified physicians may minimize the symptoms of scleroderma and lessen the chance for irreversible damage.

Early Signs & Symptoms

Most often, the earliest sign & symptom of scleroderma is when a person's fingers become extremely sensitive to cold temperatures and/or emotional stress, which causes them to sometimes change color (blue, white or red).  This condition is known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon.  It is a condition in which the small blood vessels of the hands or feet contract in response to cold or anxiety. As the vessels contract, the hands or feet turn white and cold, then blue. As blood flow returns, they become red.

Other early signs & symptoms of scleroderma include:

First Steps

If you have been newly diagnosed with scleroderma you are not alone.  Although scleroderma is a relatively rare condition. Start now, by following the steps below, to learn more about scleroderma and how you can manage living with this disease through proper medical care and treatment, lifestyle modification and support. 


Use the Scleroderma Society of Ontario web-site ( for basic information and guidance.


Contact a Scleroderma Treatment Clinic to ensure you start receiving specialized medical care customized to your personal health needs.

To find nearest you, a medical doctor who specialize in the care and treatment of persons with scleroderma, click here.


Get involved to help out and improve the quality of life for people living with scleroderma!


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