Symptoms of Scleroderma
Symptoms of scleroderma include:
- Changes in skin color of the fingertips, toes, and nose in response to cold or emotional stress
- Skin usually turns very white when first exposed to cold, then blue, then very red
- May be accompanied by pain, tingling, numbness
- Sores or ulcers on the fingers
Changes in the skin, as areas of affected skin lose hair and become:
- Darker or lighter with darker spots (the so-called salt and pepper appearance)
- Skin over face may become so tight that it’s hard to change expression (face appears “mask-like”)
- Fingers and toes become swollen or puffy
- Whitish bumps of calcium deposits develop under the skin (calcinosis)
- Tiny purplish-red blood vessels appear under the skin (telangiectasias)
- Skin creases diminish or disappear
Arthritis(joint aches and stiffness)
- Muscle pain and weakness
Dry eyes and mouth (called
- Digestive problems:
- Problems due to lung, heart, and kidney involvement:
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 15th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2001.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .
Scleroderma Foundation website. Available at: http://www.scleroderma.org/ .
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