I am hoping for some help with this issue...I have had 4 bouts over the last 2 years with my ring finger starting to itch, then it starts swelling and looks like someone has beat the last 1/3 of my finger. It turns purple and black. After this, the top layer of skin sloughs off. This entire process is over in approx one week.
I have tried to figure out the trigger. I did make a meatloaf last week and mixing the ingredients was very cold and painful. I had to warm my hands in warm water. Then, about 4 hours later, the itching started and I knew what was coming.
The 3rd time this happened, I think I had some slight nerve damage in the finger because I am always "aware" of that finger , now.
I work in healthcare and have asked numerous MDs what this is and have not gotten an definitive answer.
Possible Raynauds has been mentioned but the duration of the event is mysterious.
I am at my wit's end and not sure what to do or who to see (specialist wise).
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
My Raynaud's attacks are usually much quicker in duration, and occurs in all the fingers of the hand that got cold. Do you get the classic tri-colour change? I would certainly get it checked if you are getting neuropathy and skin damage. Raynaud's can be tested for in an office setting, but there might be something else going on. You don't want to end up with ulcers on that finger, or infections from the skin damage.
Thanks for the reply! I think it is something called "chillblains". I am going to research it further, but, am pretty sure that is it. Only took me a few years to figure this out! Definitely going to need follow up for vascular disease, though A big thanks to you for the reply, though.