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#1 amberjolie

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 09:13 AM

This is kind of weird and I was wondering if anyone else had this. I can see how fingerprints could disappear for someone with scleroderma, but I'm not sure if what's happening with me is the same thing or not.

It's only for 2 (almost 3) fingers - the ring finger on my right hand, and my pinkie on my left hand.

But it isn't that the fingertips are completely smooth - I have vertical wrinkles in all my fingers (this is something relatively new over the past couple of years). But if I press on the fingers to smooth out these wrinkles, these two fingers don't have hardly any fingerprints anymore. There's a distinct difference if you compare them with the corresponding fingers on the other hand.

I'm in a situation where I definitely have Sjogren's, but it isn't certain if I have CREST or not. But I can't see Sjogren's as causing something like this - or would it? I'm going to try posting on a Sjogren's board too, to see what they say.

What do you think?

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:04 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

That's an interesting issue you raise, about your lack of fingerprints. As it happens, there are several things, including scleroderma, that can cause this. See the section on our main site, Fingernails, Fingerprints and Cuticles.

Scleroderma can cause a loss of fingerprints, but so can things like burns, eczema, and psoriasis. Offhand, though, I haven't heard of it happening with Sjogren's syndrome. Keep in mind however that about 20% of systemic scleroderma patients also have Sjogren's so a diagnosis of Sjogren's does not rule out the possibility of systemic sclerosis.
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#3 amberjolie

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 11:35 PM

Hi Shelley,

Yes, there is a possibility that I have CREST - I think it's more of a probability, because I keep getting nucleolar ANA's (only had one come back speckled). Plus my family doctor thinks I may have psoriasis as well, because of some incredibly dry patches on my feet. But I don't personally see any similar patches on my hands, so it may be just confined to my feet and knees.

So I suppose there's a possibility it could be either. I think I figured out why the vertical wrinkles on my fingers, though - I wonder if I'm dehydrated. That part is probably a lot to do with Sjogren's, and I certainly don't drink enough during the day. (Strangely, I don't get particularly thirsty in the day - other Sjogren's sufferers have indicated the same thing, which is strange because of the dry mouth issues).

Anyways, thanks for your reply! I did check out the fingerprints section on this forum a bit already, but I should check some more.

Thanks!

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 12:37 AM

Hi Amberjolie,

I have the same thing happening to my fingertips. They are redder than usual, vertical wrinkling, thin skin that dents easily and the fingertips hurt. I have no signs of calcinosis, but do have two tiny bumps one on each hand. My palms are constantly sweating too - not sure if that is the Raynaud's? My neurologist said the sweating palms could be happening because that is where the scleroderma antibodies are attacking. Who knows. Hope you feel better soon!

Lori

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:43 PM

Hi,

I sort of have this happening too. I'm a teacher and I'm finding it hard to separate paper. My fingers seem to be getting smoother. I can still see the fingerprints but they aren't as pronounced and ridged as they once were. It is hard because I keep my fingernails short and that adds to the problem of separating papers. I once tried playing cards with a new deck, and I couldn't do it, I couldn't get a card off the deck.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:03 PM

Hi Mando,

Not only did this thread catch my eye, but your post also did.

Have you seen those rubber tips for thumbs? I'm wondering if that might be something that would help you with separating those papers? (Folks who work in banks find those helpful while handling money)!
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:10 PM

Hi All!

This fingerprint issue caught my interest!

Working as postal contractors, my husband and I had to be fingerprinted as part of the hiring prerequisites each time we renewed the contract. I had no trouble the first time, but the last two renewal periods, it was mandatory for a letter from my doctor to accompany my fingerprints, giving the reason for my fingerprints being as they were! :girly1-by-lisa-volz:
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Posted 23 January 2011 - 10:27 PM

Hi Susie,

Aren't those finger tips made of latex rubber? I'm allergic to latex. I make sure to fan out papers and then I can easily count out the number of copies I need if I'm passing out paper. There are lots of tricks to use to help with overcoming problems. I make sure I don't lick my fingers. Not hygienic, and I really don't want to catch a cold. I'm around college students that are almost always ill.

I had to be finger printed when I first began substitute teaching. I haven't had to have that done again, I wonder if it would even work now.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:39 PM

Hi mando, I'm not sure of their composition, but it's better to err on the side of caution, that's for sure!

You ARE right, there are alot of tricks I'm sure you've learned along the way, with such things :rolleyes:

Good Luck!
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:58 PM

Hi!
I am a teacher, and I had to get fingerprinted when I applied for my certification. My fingerprints have definitely changed over the past few years (I have CREST with severe Raynaud's). I have scars from ulcerations and also noticed the vertical lines forming. I think it is somewhat normal... Hope this helps!

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Sara