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Dear Sclero-ites,
This is my first post (and I was sorry that the Registration Question on the sign-up page would not
Accept "Human Being, mostly" as an answer).

I have Raynaud's, diagnosed in 2005; Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, scleroderma, & interstitial lung disease, all diagnosed in 2006; and Sjogren's Disease, diagnosed a few years later, but I'd had the symptoms for several years. I'm 64. The Raynaud's and some aspects of the Sjogren's affect my daily life quite a bit, but generally I feel very lucky; I am not seriously impaired by health problems.

I had a very strange experience over the weekend and wonder if it was Sclero-related. Saturday evening, I noticed a small amount of red under each finger- and thumb-nail. It looked like a tiny bit of blood but it wasn't liquid, and if I scraped under a nail I could scrape a tiny amount of red matter out. There was no pain, swelling, or other new finger problems. Note: this was on the skin under the tips of my nails, the part you file, not in the quick, the part of the nail that is attached to the nail. That evening I began feeling a little funny, maybe more tired than usual. The next morning I had absolutely no energy & a very mild fever of ~100 deg. F (my normal runs 96F). It might have been higher; we were using a new digital thermometer that came with about 3 pages of tiny-type directions and we couldn't interpret the sounds the thing was making. Anyway, a low temp. I spent the day in bed and felt normal the next day - no temp. The redness persisted and was still slightly visible under one nail on Weds.

What do you lot think? Any ideas? I'd spent Sat morning with a friend handling some of her textiles
from Peru, but I've often handled Peruvian things before and never had dye flake off. Neither my friend
nor I think that was the problem. The fever might or might not be related to the redness. Any thoughts, at all?
With thanks,

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Hi Anne,


Welcome to Sclero Forums!  I had to laugh about your "Human Being, mostly" as I sure do know how it is to feel like that.


I haven't yet bought my internet medical degree certificate, so I really can't say what's up with your fingernails and fever. My thought is that if this ever happens again, you could see your doctor about it. But maybe you had an allergic reaction of some sort? You'd think an infection would last longer, and if it was a scleroderma-y thing-y, you wouldn't expect a fever along with it.  Or, like you say, maybe two different things were going on at the same time.


The Peruvian textiles sound fascinating.  Just in case you had some sort of reaction to them, maybe next time you could wear gloves when handling them. Some people are extremely sensitive to various types of dyes, and sensitivities can onset suddenly at any point in our lives.


You might also want to read up on our section about Scleroderma: Fingernails, Fingerprints, Nailfolds and Cuticles to see if you can identify any correlation. 


Please let us know what you figure out with this, okay? 



Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Anne,


Welcome to these forums!


One of the little idiosyncrasies of Scleroderma is that it affects everyone very differently. Also having been diagnosed with it, it is very easy to attribute every peculiar sign and symptom to the disease, whereas the things you've been experiencing could be unrelated. I've included a link to our medical pages including Nail Symptoms to give you some more information. However, I would point out that although one of my little pleasures in life is telling my medical team how to do their jobs, I actually have no medical training, and haven't experienced the symptoms you describe, so you should consult your general practitioner if you're worried.


I'm glad to hear that the fatigue and feverish symptoms you were having were short lived.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Dear Anne,


Welcome to the forums! I do not know the reason for the mysterious red dots under your nails, but like Shelley, the Puruvian textiles interest me. Not only because of the timing of handling them and the red spots but wondering what they look like (the textiles as well as the spots!) A great hint mentioned on these forums is to take pictures of spots, marks, rashes and the like because often by the time you get to the doctor they may have gone away. If you have any lingering marks and a camera, take a photo for your records, and if anything like it happens again, take more pictures. I am glad your symptoms have abated.


I hope you will continue to post and visit the forum. With your experience of scleroderma you can help others who may be going through similar things that you have been through.



ISN Artist

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