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#1 McKenzie

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 05:36 AM

Hey all,

 

I have quite a few verticals lines going through both my feet and one of my ankles. The lines go through the sides of my feet and the bottoms. The lines at the side aren't that deep but the one's on the bottom of my feet are more pronounced. There is skin thickening and discoloration. However there's only skin thickening where the discoloration is. I do have itching but it only occurs at the bottom of my feet. The itching only comes once every few months. This started when I was either in my late 18's or early 19's. I'm 20 now.

 

I did go to the doctor and requested an ANA test which came back clean.

 

What do you all think of this?

 

I also apologize for any grammar mistakes. It's currently 11AM here and I have yet to go to sleep!



#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 05:59 AM

Hi McKenzie,

 

Welcome to Sclero Forums. I must say, I haven't heard of a description exactly like yours in regard to scleroderma before, although that doesn't mean much since I'm not a doctor and have no medical training at all.

 

What I'd recommend is that you make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist, and one that has an interest in skin diseases. (Not all of them do, as many specialize in cosmetic procedures.)

 

They can often diagnose things by visual examination but may also need to do a skin biopsy.  There are thousands of skin diseases, and morphea or linear scleroderma would be one of the more rare ones. What you have might be very treatable.  For example, it could be psoriasis, eczema, a fungus, etc. and the sooner your doctor figures it out, the better.

 

Please keep in touch and let us know how things turn out, okay?

 

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 06:27 AM

I have that same problem but it is not caused by scleroderma as yet. It is that my sweat glands in my feet plug up, and they get really itchy when that happens. My doctor gave me a prescription of a topical steroid cream for it.  I get it mostly in the summer if I wear my shoes too long on hot days.

 

Good luck and welcome to Sclero Forums.



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Posted 21 July 2015 - 10:31 AM

Hi McKenzie,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you've had worrying symptoms on your ankles and feet and would reiterate Shelley's advice to see a dermatologist, if possible, if only to set your mind at rest. 

 

It is possible that the lines could be caused by very hard skin on your feet, but I'm afraid that apart from a fondness for telling my doctors how to do their job, I have no medical training, so can't really advise you any further.

 

Please do let us know the results of any tests you have.


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#5 McKenzie

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 06:10 PM

Okay, I'll see about making a dermatologist appointment.

My primary actually suspected eczema. I took some cream for it, but it didn't help at all.

I'll keep in touch.

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 05:02 AM

Hi McKenzie,

 

If it is eczema, often it requires more steps than just a cream to resolve it.  See the National Eczema Association.

 

With eczema, it's very important to keep skin moisturized and to find and avoid triggers as well.  That can entail all sorts of changes, such as only using lukewarm water, patting skin dry instead of rubbing it, moisturizing daily, using a humidifier, and wearing only cotton or other soft fabrics.  Since your feet are affected (by something), following the tips on that site might be helpful while you await an appointment. For example, switching to a non-soap for bathing in lukewarm water, patting the skin dry, applying moisturizer immediately, and then wearing only cotton socks with breathable shoes (to avoid sweating, which can also exacerbate eczema).

 

If you have any known allergies, be sure you have eliminated them from your environment (as best you can) or diet.

 

You will likely fare well, once you find out what it is, and then really study all the lifestyle changes and treatments that can either help to get it under control or cure it. Many skin conditions are chronic, in that you may always be susceptible to a break-out, so learning how to avoid flare-ups often becomes vital to living well with the situation.

 

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#7 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 03:02 AM

Hello Mckenzie

 

Welcome and I'm with Shelley, eczema is not that simple, it's more than dry, itchy skin. If you have eczema then it will take more the applying cream sporadically to get it under control.

 

Not fun having anything itchy on the feet that's for sure and I hope Shelley's suggestions help, no doubt you'll find more following the link.

 

Take care.


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