Navigation
[TITLE]

[MESSAGE]

[BUTTONS]

Popular questions...

Content

What are the symptoms of scleroderma?

Signs and symptoms of scleroderma can vary, but include: hardening or thickening of the skin; patches of tight shiny skin; Raynaud's phenomenon, which involves the fingers and toes turning either white or blue-purple due to a cold or emotional stress response. This is due to the constriction of blood vessels and can also cause numbness; fingertip ulcers due to Raynaud's phenomenon; stiffening or pain of joints due to tightness of the skin; calcium deposits that appear as small white lumps under the skin of the fingers; difficulties with digestion including difficulty swallowing, heartburn, bloating and diarrhea, and; in some cases, heart, lung and kidney function can be affected.

FAQ Frequently asked questions

Related Topics

About this article

Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Votes: 1035 (Click smiley face below left to rate)
Category: Scleroderma

Disclaimer

Welcome to Health&. We aim to help keep you healthy and well.

We provide helpful information and guidance to manage your health. The information is personalised to allow you to make better decisions about your health. We use the latest medical guidelines and provide information that has been reviewed by doctors at Health&. It is important to note that we only provide information - we do not provide medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. The health information provided should not be a substitute for professional medical care. Before acting on the information, please consult your doctor to make sure it is right for you. In the event of a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or emergency services - dial 000 (in Australia) or 911 (in the United States of America).

At Health&, you can securely store your health records. We respect the need for privacy and security of personal information. We are bound by legal requirements for privacy in Australia. Health& is also a registered Healthcare Provider Organisation (just like your doctor), so we will not share your personal information with anyone. We apply the highest levels of security for the storage, management and access of your personal information, using industry standards for encryption. To further safeguard your information, we recommend that you use a strong password and take care to protect it.

Health& is the first consumer-led population health study in Australia. We collect anonymous health data to support medical research and population health initiatives. The information contributes to major improvements in the health of communities. Your participation helps others to also benefit.

You need to be at least 18 years old to sign up. Please read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before using Health&.

×

Content goes in here.