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Finger ulcer - WOW is this painful

scleroderma finger ulcer

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#1 pboland



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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:09 PM

Hello All. I'm brand new to this forum and hope that it's still active. I've had scleroderma for several years now and have recently developed an ulcer (calcium deposit) in my finger tip - needless to say this is pure agony, and it seems that finger is always being hit against something (again more agony). Do any of you have any suggestions as to how this should be treated? The finger tip is very inflamed and I have opened it several times to relieve the pressure, I have gotten a lot of yellowish pus out of it, but it never fixes the problem. I'm currently on an antibiotic (this is my 2nd week with the antibiotic). I'm concerned as to what might happen when the meds are finished. I'd appreciate any suggestions anyone may have!! Thanks so much

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:05 PM

Dear Pboland: I'm sorry you are dealing with this; it is very painful. I don't think I have calcium deposits but I do have ulcers and my dermatologist prescribed retapamulin ointment which is a topical. It does seem to help. Hopefully your doctor can help you with the inflammation.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hello Pboland

Welcome to the forums! Sorry I can't help with either finger ulcers or calcinosis, I have had venous foot ulcers for over a year now. My ulcers are caused by the skin breaking down and once they heal they open up a few days later!

I know that many people struggle with ulcers resulting from calcinosis and hopefully they will join in with some helpful hints. What I do know is that nothing will stop you from banging the wounded finger incessantly! :emoticon-dont-know:

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:51 PM


Yes, I've had finger ulcers, and they are terribly painful! The ones I've been getting recently, however, have been small, and few and far between, which I'm grateful for.

The only thing that I've been doing which I think helps to stop them from getting too big, is smearing polysporin on them (the kind with the anaesthetic that helps the pain a little), and putting band-aids on them. Just keep with the polysporin all the time.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't coincidence that my finger ulcers have been smaller than in the past.

Hope you're able to get some relief!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

Hi Pboland,

Welcome to these forums!

I'm sorry to hear that you're having such a painful and unpleasant time with Digital ulcers and Calcinosis.

Thankfully I don't suffer with either of these very disagreeable problems, but the links I've given you includes our advice about treatments. I hope that they will be of use to you as it must be excruciating to inadvertantly knock the open ulcers.

Now that you've found our forums and joined our community, do keep posting and let us know how you're faring.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:39 AM

When I have had thIs, I bandage the finger and pad it heavily so that it does not strike anything painfully.

Long ago I had a doctor (family practice) who would anesthetize the finger and cut out the calcium deposit, especially when especially painful (such as up against a nerve).


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

Hi Pbloland,

Welcome to Sclero Forums! I'm sorry it's because you are suffering from digital ulcers or calcinosis. An important thing is to clarify with your doctor whether it is calcinosis or a digital ulcer, because they are two separate issues and would be treated differently. If you keep in mind that I'm not a doctor and have no medical training at all, then I'll tell you that from your brief description it sounds to me, just from my own experience, like you may have a digital ulcer (rather than calcinosis), but others might rightfully disagree with me, and only your doctor could say for sure.

I'm hoping that you are already seeing a Scleroderma Expert, because they could provide guidance in this matter, and especially recommend treatments and ways to help avoid getting digital ulcers in the future. Generally speaking, it is easier for most of us to avoid getting the ulcers than it is to clear them up after they have already developed. For many of us, that means staying warm at all times, improving our circulation, taking meds for vasodilation if need be, avoiding things that trigger vasospasms for us (like caffeine or nicotine, for example), using protective gloves for housework, avoiding getting nicks and scratches, etc. Even all that doesn't guarantee we won't get a digital ulcer from scleroderma, but it can help reduce the number, severity, and length of time it takes to heal them.

Let us know what you find out, and how it is healing, okay? We all want you to get it healed as soon as possible!

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