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#1 amberjolie

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 07:56 PM

I have what I think is an ulcer starting on one of my fingers. I had ulcers a couple of years ago, but they seemed to go away and were replaced by never-ending splits at my fingertips. But a couple of weeks ago, on the same finger as now, a small darkish-yellowish spot showed up with a little bit of tenderness to it that was reminiscent of the type of pain (but nowhere near in magnitude) as when I had the ulcers. It also seemed to match how I think my first ulcer started.

I kept putting an antibiotic ointment on it with bandaids, and it seemed to disappear.

Now I have another one starting up, same finger but slightly different spot I think, again feeling like a "mini-ulcer" that hasn't popped to the surface and is currently very small. I'm trying the antibiotic ointment again, but it seems like it might be growing (however at a very small rate).

Anyone have any other suggestions, or am I doing pretty much all I can to try to avoid a full-fledged ulcer?

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:22 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

I'm far from being an expert since I haven't had digital ulcers, but two things occur to me. The first is to make sure the circulation to that hand is as good as you can get: watch your arm position, avoid Raynaud's like the plague, be careful of tight watchbands, rings, shirt cuffs, etc. The second thing is to try and keep the skin in good condition - watch out for waterproof dressings that might cause maceration of the skin, be careful of strong detergents and cleaning agents, and obviously keep your hands clean and dry.

Hopefully someone else can offer better advice and even more hopefully it won't be needed.

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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:01 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

I second everything Jeannie said. Plus I'd suggest following all the recommendations on our Raynaud's Prevention page, too. It's daunting to do all that, but very worthwhile in helping to prevent digital ulcers in the first place!
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:52 PM

Hi,

My doctor told me if the neosporin and band aids don't work or take too long to work to use Manuka Honey. Not sure if I'm allowed to say my doctor's name but I will say he is the top Scleroderma expert in the USA. I have followed all his advice and I'm feeling better than ever. Hope this helps you.

There is even a thread on sclero.org talking about it.... Manuka Honey

#5 amberjolie

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:40 AM

Thanks for all the replies!

It looks like the ulcer has decided to start drying up, so that's good! It didn't progress too far, so I don't know if that's the antibiotic cream or what.

For some strange reason I don't seem to have too much problem with Raynaud's - my fingers don't seem to change colour, although I seem to be less tolerant of the cold on my fingers than others do, but that's about it. But heading towards warmer weather should help. I'll look into the Manuka honey for sure.

Thanks again!