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#1 Gizelle

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 02:45 AM

Hi everyone. I haven't posted in a long time. You have to see the picture in the gallery. I wanted to know if anyone else has seen this kind of blemish before. I get this often in the last month or so. It appears, last a day or two, then disappears. I didn't tell my general practitioner yet. Any feed back would be great. thanks, Gizelle

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 04:00 AM

Hi Gizelle,

It might be a small bruise or broken blood vessel. Many medications can cause blood vessels to become more fragile and leak easier. My husband gets a lot of things similar to these on the back of his hands, caused by the steroids in his inhalers. You would need to have your doctor examine it to see what it is, of course.

Not that you asked, but the good news is that it wouldn't be a specific scleroderma symptom, for either localized or systemic scleroderma. I mention this because morphea scleroderma often looks like a bruise -- but as I understand it (and keep in mind I have no medical training at all) a primary difference is that morphea does not just come and go within a matter of days. It usually fades within two to five years of onset, even without any treatment, but never within a day or two, as it involves more long-lasting tissue damage.


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Posted 02 December 2006 - 05:06 AM

Hello Gizell,

Well, don't know but earlier this year I had biopsies on 2 such looking places. The results came back as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, have never quite been sure what that meant - although they are associated with scleroderma. Mine have been there going on 2 years and I have about 10 of them on my legs. Hope you have a good day.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 05:57 AM

hey
i have one of those too. mine has been here for a couple months. looks like I smacked it kinda.. some times it gets a lil poofy and looks like a green ganglion cyst?
once or 2wice it hurt. Mostly it just sits there... hahah I know people like that!
be well
xoxoxox Jeanne

#5 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 05:59 AM

JLF, are your spots permanent, or do they come and go?
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Posted 02 December 2006 - 08:49 AM

Dear All,

I don't know if they are permanent, but they do ache. I have a large one on my thigh that is about 2 x 2 inches. It's been there since March 05. For some reason March this year, I turned brown all over, every inch of my body - and these darker places turned from bluish to black, that's when I really worried and had the biopsies - which of course showed the inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If anyone out there in scleroderma land has info on this - please pass it along.

Good day to all,
JLF

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 09:24 AM

JLF,


Gizelle, you might find a picture similar to your blemish as well.

Here's what we have on ISN on Scleroderma and Hyperpigmentation.

I hope some of this helps.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:23 AM

To All

If you read the ISN site - then do a WEB search for reticulate hyperpigmentation under in the picture search - that is what my areas look like. Hmmm, how interesting, I have learned something new today - to that I say to all, Thank You.

Bye for now,
JLF

Oh, PS, for the red bumps that folks have written about - yes, I've been plagued for years with those stinging things - I combine benadryl cream with cortizone cream both available over the counter. It last forever but the bumps usually leave in about 24-48 hours.