There is no cure for systemic sclerosis and treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms and preventing complications. Because the symptoms of systemic sclerosis are so diverse a team of medical specialists is usually necessary.
- Medicines that treat inflammation and pain include aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids.
- Other treatments are directed at specific manifestations of systemic sclerosis: for example, antacids or intestinal motility drugs for heartburn and related symptoms, medications that increase blood flow for Raynaud's phenomenon, and blood pressure medications for high blood pressure or kidney problems.
- Treatment usually includes a combination of physical therapy and skin and joint protection techniques (for example, avoiding cold in the case of Raynaud's phenomenon).