View Full Version : discoloration of hands and feet

08-10-2009, 09:16 PM
i have seen posts mentioning discoloration, so i would like to ask further information.

I have recently noticed a lot of discoloration in my hands and feet. There are bright pink splotches, and there are also dark areas. I am wondering if this is because of sun exposure and if it will lessen, or is it just another progression of lupus, and is it permanent.

Anyone have any experience with this?

Angel Oliver
08-11-2009, 05:04 AM
Hi Phyllis,

As you know im learning as i go forward and i am sorry to hear about this discolouration. For me, i too have it mainly on my feet,but they are blotchy colours and then go blue,for me i think its Raynauds,my hands just go numb like feeling.I am not too sure if im right,so will wait for others to post and im not too sure.
Hope today is a good day for you and you feel ok.

Love n hugs

08-11-2009, 05:28 AM

I have raynauda's so I stay in discoloration all the time... even if I am in the sun, I get red spots and sometimes it takes for ever to go away.... I was dignosed with Raynauda's years ago... some days I am blue all over and then turn completely white and then red and sometimes it's different... it all depends on the weather... Hot cold it don't matter.... for me it is very difficlut to live with....but thats because I have extra problems with mine...

I would explain to the dr about it and see what they say, may even take a pic and show the dr whats going on, that way he can see what you are talking about...

hope it gets better,

08-12-2009, 08:31 AM

i have raynaud's but i also have blotchy skin all over my legs and arms. my legs are worse than my arms but both arms and legs get more blotchy the further they are from my torso-- so my feet are pretty bad. it changes based on circulation-- so if i elevate my feet the blotchy color goes away. sometimes i can actually feel the blood draining out when i elevate them! the blotchy color gets worse when i'm cold or to hot. usually it's a purplish color, somewhere between red and blue. i'm white and rather pale so the blotchy color can look like a pretty sharp contast.

my rheumy told me it is called "livedo reticularis," which, he proceeded to tell me, means you look dead when you are alive. gotta love medical terms :wacko:

hope this helps!

08-12-2009, 08:49 AM
Hi mountaindreamer,

I think its probably the lupus... In my early satges I used to get discoloration in the hands, and yes it does go away. I hopes your discoloration goes away soon... I used to feel like pepole were staring at me or something, lol.


08-12-2009, 01:23 PM
It could be Raynaud's or the lupus! My hubby and I blame everything on the lupus....LOL!

I have raynaud's and it makes my extremities become white/bluish from lack of the circulation and cold too! Of course air conditioning and winter months make it worse!

08-12-2009, 02:36 PM
Yeah Phyllis, my dr said its the Raynauds FOR SURE with me. He was very precise about that one. I was VERY SPLOCHY when he saw me as a matter of fact. :wacko:

08-12-2009, 04:36 PM
Yeah I believe is something you have to watch for. I get redness especially in my knuckle area and in between my fingers. I goes away but usually is around when I flare. Definitely mention it to Rheumy and take pictures.

08-12-2009, 06:23 PM
I get spotty when I am in the sun. It will be brownish spots and they are mostly on my hands. My do fade over time and actually they have not been back for a year or so.......but I do stay out of the sun for this reason. I would bring it up on your next visit and maybe take a few pictures of it right now so that if it does fade away he can still see what it looked like when it was bothering you the most. I am sending you thoughts of non-spotted skin and lots of gentle hugs:hug:

08-13-2009, 06:04 PM
thanks everyone,

yes, i too, have a tendency to blame everything on lupus. Taking pictures is an excellent suggestion, thanks. I did this about 13 years ago, it will be interesting to see the comparison.

Red around the knuckles, brown splotches, little white wormy looking streaks in my hands, it has become a daily annoyance.....and yes, i do feel like my hands and feet look dead when i am still alive....yuk.

now, i have something else. I have had little sores to come up on my feet, mostly close to my toes. Some are like blisters that are up under the skin, and then i have these little black sores that come up and go away in a day or two.....any ideas?

again, thanks to all of you. Since joining this forum, my fear level has significantly decreased.....i know i can ask questions, and someone will be able to help.....Each day i am thankful for this group.