At present, it is unclear what exactly triggers this autoimmune disease. Research is being conducted to find out if there is a genetic susceptibility to scleroderma, but as of yet the disease does not appear to be hereditary. There is no direct cure for scleroderma. Because the exact cause is unknown, any treatment is patient-specific and aimed at making symptoms of the disease more tolerable. Thus, it is imperative to continue research to find the underlying causes of this disease, develop new treatments to adequately relieve patients and, ultimately, find a cure that will allow patients to overcome scleroderma.