Theory Of Problem Causing Scleroderma in Sclero Forums (MAIN) Posted December 7, 2006 · Report reply Hi Rochelle, Since you are still trying to get a diagnosis for your skin/finger problem, I'd recommend going to a board certified dermatologist, asap. They can examine the skin and possibly biopsy it to see what is causing the itching/rash/swelling/tightness, etc. If your only symptom outside of this is reflux, which is very common in the general population, odds would probably be very high that your skin problem is treatable, such as a form of fungus or contact dermatitis that has just been allowed to go on too long. For future reference, one rule of thumb is that if anything you come in contact with creates a problem (such as a rash), the first thing to do is avoid it, always. In the case of jewelry, put it in the jewelry box, sell it, trade it in, give it away, cover the inside with nail polish, or just wear other jewelry. Don't tempt fate by trying to wear (or consume) it again, unless you are somehow able to rule out allergy as a cause, since some allergic reactions can be fatal. I also had a wedding ring that was bothersome. It had a wide band, which trapped moisture underneath it from hand washing and sweat. So now I have another "wedding" ring which has a design of open hearts and a much narrower band. It is made out of the same metal (gold) but it has never caused a problem, so my situation was simply with the design of the jewelry causing fungus, and not a metal allergy. But in any event, it's perhaps a little bit premature to worry about the cause of scleroderma when you are still in the diagnostic stage and it could be something other than scleroderma. If you really relate your skin symptoms to the ring, which certainly sounds reasonable under the circumstances, odds would be very high for it to be something other than scleroderma. So please, see an excellent dermatologist as soon as possible, and even if it is good (as in non-scleroderma) news, please let us know!