Scleroderma can affect everyone differently. The following are some of the general symptoms associated with the condition.
Skin changes, including:
Swelling or puffiness in your hands or feet, often occurring in the morning.
A condition called sclerodactyly, which is the thickening or hardening of the skin of the fingers and toes, also can occur. This may develop after the initial swelling goes away and may be followed by the shrinking or atrophy of skin. You may experience:
Raynaud's Phenomenon, a condition associated with poor blood flow to fingers and toes. Blood flow decreases because blood vessels in these areas become narrow for a short time in response to cold or emotional stress. Raynaud's Phenomenon may cause:
Telangiectasia, which occurs when tiny blood vessels become dilated and show through your skin. Small reddish spots may appear on your fingers, palms, face, lips and tongue. These spots are harmless and can be hidden with cosmetics.
Calcinosis, which occurs when small white calcium lumps form in or under the skin. It is caused by scleroderma and not by too much calcium in your diet. The lumps occasionally break through the skin and leak a chalky, white material. If injured, they may become infected.
Arthritis and muscle weakness, including:
Digestive problems including poor function of your esophagus and bowels. Symptoms may include:
If the heart and lungs are affected, you may experience:
Kidney problems, such as kidney failure and high blood pressure. Symptoms may include:
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.