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#1 Snowbird

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:52 PM

Hi everybody

Not sure if this is a slight figment of my imagination or if it's just that I never payed any attention before...so I'm going to ask. Has anyone ever noticed your finger nails getting whiter (in the pink area)? It might just be that my red capillaries are a little darker now and seem to be spreading down just a little bit more, could that be what's deceiving me? Thanks.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:37 PM

Hi Snowbird, I don't think ithe white nails are a figment of your imagination. I have read in a medical paper (as usual can't remember which one) that white nails are associated with scleroderma. Mine have definitely become a sort of opaque white, with a thin band of pink just below the white of the nail tip. Will see if I can find the article when I have a moment.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 05:25 AM

yes mine are whiter too. But doesn't everyone have that when they get older. Sam
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:35 AM

Hi Snowbird,

My nails are the same as Lizzie's in that they have become a sort of opaque white, with a thin band of pink just below the white of the nail tip. As well all my nails have ridges which I did not have before SD.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:39 AM

Thanks everybody!

I just really noticed it in mine the last several months. Opaque/milky white is a really good description. Mine are exactly as you described yours Lizzie and Lucy....also with that thin band of pink near the nail tip. Also, if I put pressure underneath my finger like you Andyko, then the pressure turns them a little pinker. If you ever come across that article Lizzie, I hope you can post it for us. :)
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:08 PM

Hi Snowbird, I have found a paper ( although actually think it was another paper I read it in ). Not sure that I can post the ppaer abstract because of copyright issues but basically it says that as well as things like splinter haemorrhages, white dull colour in fingernails was a frequent finding in patients with SSc. I will send you a PM with the reference.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:31 PM

Hi, Lizzie. Perhaps you could send the reference to Janey as well. If it is possible, she can get the abstract added to the site.
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:57 AM

Thanks for bringing the article to our attention Lizzie! Here is a link to this same discussion back in May of 2007. This thread contains the article that Lizzie is referring, plus more discussion.

Nail Changes in Connective Tissue Disease.

Don't forget to look at the articles on our page on Fingernail, Nailfolds and Cuticles. There are some great pictures.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 07:11 AM

I hadn't paid much attention to my nails, but this post made me look at them and I too have white nails with a pink back directly under the nail and above my cuticle. Interesting!
I may have Scleroderma, but Scleroderma doesn't have me!

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:57 AM

Thanks again everybody!!

It's a good article Lizzie, thank's for the PM and for sharing!! :)
Sending good wishes your way!