According to the John Hopkins Scleroderma Center, one of the early symptoms of scleroderma is the fingers becoming sensitive, they have a tendency to change color when exposed to cold weather or if the patient is suffering from emotional stress. This is called Raynaud’s phenomenon.
This condition is common and there are two types of Raynaud’s phenomenon:
1. Primary Raynaud’s
People who are experiencing Raynaud’s phenomenon but do not have an autoimmune disorder such as scleroderma, for instance, are classed as having primary Raynaud’s.
2. Secondary Raynaud’s
Secondary Raynaud’s affects people with both scleroderma and Raynaud’s and is so-named because it is secondary to the scleroderma. While only a small percentage of people with Raynaud’s will develop scleroderma, almost everyone with scleroderma has Raynaud’s symptoms.
Learn more about scleroderma here: http://bit.ly/learnscleroderma
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