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My primary care physician prescribed some Elcon 60mg for my hands when I told him the skin was getting tight, would this help or do you think he prescribed it because he thought the "tears" on my knuckles were from what he referred to as ecsema? I told him those tears on my knuckles happen when the skin on my hands gets too tight for what I'm doing at the time.


Is tissue pad loss in fingers when, like on my thumb pad, it is thinner than it used to be and leaves a big indentation from pushing gently don on it (not like pitting edema though)? I know raynaud's in the thumbs is supposedly rare, but both my thumbs are that way, touching something cold makes the finger pads white and burn like grabbing something out of the oven.

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I am not familiar with Elcon. Let us know if it helps.


I get tears on my knuckles too and also at the base of my nails when my hands swell. Amazing how something so tiny can hurt so much!


Sometimes my fingertips feel more sensitive than other times but I have not noticed them getting any thinner.

Take care,



Serena Justis

ISN Blogger

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi All!


It is my understanding that Elocon is a steroid cream. I have sone type of raised, red, and awful itchy rash on my arms and they gave that to me for it. It didn't help so I had to see a dermatologist and she said it wasn't strong enough. She doesn't think my rash is sclero related, but it is due to my overactive immune system....isn't that what sclero is :huh: . Anyway she gave me what she says is the stongest topical steroid and I can only use it for 2 weeks max, it's called Temovate. She also gave me Atarax to take at night.

Peace :)

Barbara aka relicmom1

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