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Purple nails near cuticle

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Hi all.

For the last 4 days my nail beds have been purple near the cuticle. Have had heart checked and chest x-ray all normal. Oxygen Sats are normal. It seems to get worse in aircon but still there even when it's hot. The doctors say Raynauds. But even in a hot shower they still stay a tinge of purple. Thoughts?

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7 hours ago, Tennille said:

Hi all.

For the last 4 days my nail beds have been purple near the cuticle. Have had heart checked and chest x-ray all normal. Oxygen Sats are normal. It seems to get worse in aircon but still there even when it's hot. The doctors say Raynauds. But even in a hot shower they still stay a tinge of purple. Thoughts?

 

I am in the process of trying to seek out a diagnosis. I have had a similar issue - along with many other symptoms. Have also had heart checked and X-ray normal. My course of action was to seek out someone who truly knows the condition. It can be a long frustrating wait though, as I now understand. I will keep you posted.

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Hi Tennille and OzzieGuy,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you are both experiencing worrying symptoms.

 

Although your doctor has advised that Raynaud's could be the cause of your purple nail beds, I must admit that it's not a particular symptom I have encountered (and I've had Raynaud's for many years). Of course, it can be a symptom of many other diseases and wisely I see that you've both had the obvious heart, chest x-ray etc. to rule out those serious problems. 

 

Tennille: Even supposing that you do have Raynaud's, it doesn't necessarily follow that you will develop scleroderma. Many people suffer with primary Raynaud's which never develops into anything more and the fact that you don't have any other symptoms, could possibly mean that, in your case, it never will. However, please note that I have no medical training and therefore the best person to advise you of any further action to be taken is your doctor.

 

As OzzieGuy has advised the best person to treat complicated diseases such as scleroderma is a listed scleroderma expert.

 

OzzieGuy: I do hope you will be able to obtain a diagnosis; unfortunately scleroderma is notoriously difficult to diagnose correctly, as many of our members can testify. 

 

Kind regards,


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