Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:06 AM
Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:02 AM
Posted 04 March 2010 - 04:25 AM
I, too have, developed deeply ridged and pitted nails since developing Scleroderma.
They are also much harder.
Posted 04 March 2010 - 05:46 AM
Hundreds of conditions can affect the fingernails. Dry or rough cuticles can be caused by many things, including frequent hand washing or lack of moisturizers.
The systemic forms of scleroderma can cause the fingernails to become smaller, and cuticles to become hard or rough. But because there are so many possible causes of poor fingernail or cuticle condition, they are not part of the diagnostic criteria for any form of scleroderma.
However, viewing the nailfolds under a microscope can disclose certain abnormalities of the small blood vessels, and specific findings can be very useful in diagnosing, classifying and staging forms of systemic scleroderma.
Unfortunately, in the U.S. such testing is frequently not covered by insurance companies, so there is widespread reluctance to do nailfold testing -- even though it is a very quick, easy, noninvasive, and economical way to diagnose and classify systemic forms of scleroderma.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:01 PM
Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:37 AM
Vanessa and Ladyhawk, the website kaykay suggested is very good. Check it out.
Shelley, thanks for your help too.