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Finger Ulcers And Calcinosis

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#1 Tammy


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Posted 27 August 2007 - 02:16 AM

Hello again everyone. For about the past 3 weeks I have noticed a spot on the tip of one of my fingers that is red, hard and has a white spot in the middle, the tip of the finger is also swollen, but it is not tender in anyway. I have Raynauds but I have not had anything like this before. I thought at first that maybe I had burnt my finger and just didn't remember doing it but it's not going away. I also have a split on the same finger right under the nail. If it is the start of a finger ulcer or calcinosis is there anything that I can do to "nip it in the bud"? I don't see a rheumatologist until Oct., should I consult with my primary care physician in the mean time or just keep on eye on it?



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Posted 27 August 2007 - 07:53 PM

Hi, Tammy. It seems like discussions seem to run sympthetically. This must be Calcinosis and finger ulcer week. It does sound like this could be the start of a finger ulcer. I hope you will take the time to read up on the link I gave you and also our Digital (Fingers and Toes) Ulcer page. You should definitely bring it up to your rheumatologist in October. As far as I am aware, there is nothing you can do to 'make it go away' before it has erupted, but I am not a doctor.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 01:49 AM

Hi Tammy
It sounds more like an ulcer than calcinosis. I would definitely consult your primary care physician asap, or would it be possible to ring your rheumies office and ask for advice? Mine always stresses the importance of letting them know about impending ulcers as soon as I suspect one- it is much easier treat them before they get established. In the meantime you should try and keep the area dry.