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Unread 04-11-2003, 08:35 AM
Pimples and chemo

Anyone else having skin problems? Since starting chemo my skin has been breaking out with big ugly red pimples. Never had this before. Can't find any information about the correlation and my doctor was unsure. Wondering if anyone else is having the same problem. Maybe it's just wacky hormones!
Barbara
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Unread 04-11-2003, 08:41 AM
Pimples and chemo

Hi Barbara - I'm sorry I can't relate regarding the chemo, but I can tell you that for the past 3 years mine has been breaking out horribly due to stress. Finally had to see a dermatologist - and I'm 37!! Stress can definitely do strange things to your body. Good luck and to you!
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Unread 04-11-2003, 09:28 AM
Pimples and chemo

Don't know if it is related to the chemo.

I did, however see my dermatologist the day before my surgery and asked her about how long to expect changes in my skin due to TAH/BSO. She replied that the body will use up its store of estrogen quickly and in about 2 months you should see the skin you will have. I was concerned as I have had such horrible acne for the past 4 years (due we know, now to the hormonal havoc of the uterine and ovarian cysts)
Anyhow, from speaking with her I now know tht anything that can mess up your hormones, whether chemical, nedicinal or emotional can contribute to your skin;s issues.
Good luck in working through it, and do see your own dermatologist for treatment, if it becomes a problem that you both can share.
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Unread 04-11-2003, 09:51 AM
Yup, I got 'em too...

Hi Barbara
I had Taxol and Carboplatin and got dime sized pimpley things all over my head after I lost my hair. Then they started creeping down the sides of my face, neck and forehead! They itched like crazy too. I reported it to the doctor who ruled out allergic reaction, but wasn't really sure what was causing it. By my third treatment they had abated somewhat, but didn't really go completely away until several weeks past my last treatment.

Since then I've spoken with a couple of other women who reported the same thing happened to them. One said her doctor told her it was the Carboplatin. Another theory is toxic release from the chemo, but I don't know for sure. I just know I had them...

Anyway, hang in there. Hopefully they aren't making you too miserable.
s
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Unread 04-11-2003, 03:04 PM
Pimples and chemo

2wks after my 2nd chemo, I broke out in pimples accross my forehead and upper back. They lessened right after chemo but came back by the 2nd week for each cycle after that. They finally cleared completely about 3 weeks after my last chemo.

A 53 year old with acne! What fun! I think it was due to the decadron pre-chemo. The pimples never got white heads or pus because my blood counts were low then also.

Hope your skin will clear up too.

Ruth S
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Unread 04-12-2003, 06:43 AM
Pimples and chemo

Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. It really isn't any fun losing all your hair, having dark circles under your eyes, and on top of it, having pimples at 48 years old!
Barbara
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