Scleroderma Awareness Day
On June 29, the we recognize World Scleroderma Day. The date June 29th was picked to honor Swiss Poet, Philosopher and painter Paul Klee who died on this day in 1940. He had scleroderma and his artwork was widely influenced by his experience with the condition.
What is Scleroderma?
The word “scleroderma” comes from the Greek word “sclero,” meaning hard, and the Latin word “derma,” meaning skin. Scleroderma causes hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. It is in a group of rare diseases that which often affects women. It usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. Symptoms include tightening of the skin, joint pain, exaggerated response to cold (Raynaud’s disease), and heartburn. Treatments include medication, physical therapy, and surgery. There is no cure, the cause is unknown and it does not appear to be genetic.
There are two major classifications of scleroderma known as localized scleroderma and systemic sclerosis.