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Skin problems during/after chemo

pjdreams's picture
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Just wondering if anyone else had this experience and could offer some tips.

Once chemo began and I lost my hair I discovered a few pimples along the hair line in the back of my neck. A couple of days later my entire head was full of pimples. Not only was I a bald woman, I was a pimply bald woman. grrrr !!!

Anyway, once chemo ended my hair starting growing back in about 2 months and the pimples went away. The hair on my legs started to go as well and after my first shave, pimples appeared all over the front of my legs. I've gone to the dermatologist, and the gyn/onc has looked at it. The derm said it was folliculitis like the pimples on my head.

He prescribed minocyline and a prescription strength cream like hydracordisone but 2 months later I can't get rid of it.

I suspect my immune system is still out of whack from the chemo.

Any ideas ?

nancy591's picture
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I can't offer any help but I do undertand. I've been off Doxil for several weeks now...maybe 8 weeks. I am still having rashy areas on my feet and calves. within the rashy areas are pimples. The areas can itch like crazy. When it gets hot my feet swell, itch and get bright red. My lower legs have areas of hyperpigmentation so I have all these brown spots on my legs. Lower legs also have 'sore' spots. UGH! I will not wear shorts due to the condition of my lower legs and have taken to wearing crocs so I can hide my feet. It has been above normal temps here in the north east. I am hoping this will resolve by the time summer comes in full force!

BonnieR's picture
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I know several women that have had this same thing happen and their beauticians had them use nioxin shampoo. My grandson has scalp issues because they took skin grafts from his scalp when he was burned and nioxin is the only thing that keeps his scalp from breaking out. Hope this helps. Hugs Bonnie

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Thank you...where can I purchase this product?

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Tina Brown
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Hi pjdreams, I think the pimples may be due to the immune system. I don't have the same mass break out as you but after 6 weeks after I finished chemo I am finding white headed spots appearing on my face. It isn't a problem but it just seems to coincide with the end of chemo.

I hope you get it sorted.

Tina xx

pjdreams's picture
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Thanks everyone for the advice. As my gyn/onc says, "it's small potatoes" compared to everything else going on but still would be nice to get rid of this awful rash all over my legs.

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I lost my hair 14 days following my first chemo treatment. Now I have the pimples all over my scalp and it itches. The Center that I go to told me to keep it dry and clean but offered no help other than that?? Any experiences with this and what you did to combat it would be appreciated. It is enough to not have any hair left but to deal with this is a bit much.

msfanciful's picture
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Joined: Nov 2009

Yes, yes,

Same with me.

They don't just jump out at me, but everytime I run my hands over my scalp it seems I feel
more and more.

I just assumed they were ingrown hairs growing in?

I don't know...but I DO hope they go away!


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