Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue

Scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a lung condition that can make it hard to breathe.

Scleroderma, also called systemic sclerosis, is a rare autoimmune disease. It can lead to scarring in your organs, especially your skin. When this scarring happens in your lungs, it’s called scleroderma-related ILD.

The main ways that scleroderma-related ILD affects people are:

  • Makes it hard to breathe
  • Makes you tired
  • Gives you a cough

You probably won’t notice anything early on. As the scarring in your lungs gets worse, it can make these things worse. ILD affects everyone differently. Some people don’t have it too bad, while other people have a really hard time breathing.