Scleroderma Symptom #2: Finger Ulcers
When scleroderma affects the hands, it can cause painful ulceration on the finger tips. Ulceration occurs suddenly due to the reduced blood flow to these areas and the resultant tightening of skin. While the ulceration does not result from infection, if it left open, it can get infected by external microorganisms.
Ulcers on the fingers is a common scleroderma symptom that affects about 40 percent of systemic scleroderma patients, and can last for several weeks or even months at a time. The symptom is managed by medication to improve blood flow and keeping the affected areas clean and covered to prevent infection or injury.