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A question about eczema and related fungal infections

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Hi Mat54,

 

Eczema can be a common skin problem, but does not appear to be a particular symptom of scleroderma. I've found a thread about eczema here, which may give you some more information.

 

I have very little skin involvement (merely the tips of my fingers) so can't give you any first hand advice from my own experience, but would always suggest that you should consult your doctor if you have symptoms which are bothering you.

 

Kind regards,


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Thanks Joelf. I don't seem to be having much luck in my search for answers. I did ask my general practitioner but I am on an island for another month with a small population so he was just baffled by the hard fingertips. The Pompholyx arrived at same time as chilblains, extra Raynauds attacks and itchy tingle in fingertips. But I'm getting nowhere with the betnovate and I did phone rheumatology department. They just commented that this is why I'm seeing the vascular med guy at the connective tissue clinic in 7 weeks time. I asked if the date could be moved forward but they said no because non urgent seeing as I'm already on Cellcept/ MMF. It's the not being sure that's driving me nuts!

 

Thanks for the link to the thread. It's complicated having several CTDs plus eczema - relate to the person who said their psoriasis and Scleroderma seem "at war" during flares.

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I think problems like Eczema and Psoriasis are quite common in Scleroderma patients.  However whether they are linked to the disease or not, I don't know.

I suppose, whether they are or are not, is of little consequence as either way both need appropriate treatment.   I don't know whether something like Methotrexate would be of any help, but I do know someone who found it improved Psoriasis a lot.

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Thanks for your reply. I was on Methotrexate for two years for RA (which I turned out not to have). During this time I had no eczema or Pompholyx - but I don't think the MTX can take the credit - rather my longstanding eczema and alopecia disappeared suddenly with onset of menopause. I've also had to take steroids orally and topically for much of my life both for allergies and for autoimmunity.

 

Then Pompholyx restarted up about six months ago - before I began Mycophenolate. It comes and goes, itches like crazy - but it isn't as disabling as the RA type synovitis was and it is nothing like the horrible feeling of hardening and hollowing out of my finger tips I must say. This is completely different and much more worrying to me.

 

But then I guess it's a case of better the devil we know?

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