Symptoms of Scleroderma (Dermatological)

Localized scleroderma of the skin can produce a variety of symptoms that vary from person to person. The most common symptoms include:

  • Thickening and swelling of the tips of the fingers
  • Taut, dark, shiny skin on large areas, including the face, that interfere with movement
  • Spider veins
  • Calcium bumps on the fingers or other bony areas
  • Sores on knuckles and fingertips
  • Immobile (frozen) fingers, wrists, or elbows due to skin scarring

Additional symptoms found with systemic scleroderma include:

  • Raynaud phenomenon, in which fingers become pale, tingly and numb when cold or during times of emotional upset
  • Joint pain
  • Grating noise during movement of inflamed tissues
  • Scarring of the esophagus, leading swallowing difficulty and heartburn
  • Scarring of the lungs, causing shortness of breath
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
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