Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and plays a vital role in regulating its temperature and protecting inner organs. Any changes in the skin should not be taken lightly; if you have a persistent rash, then you must have it evaluated. Today, we will be discussing some common skin rashes and symptoms of cancer rash in this article. If you are undergoing treatment for cancer, you might see some of its effects on the skin. It is important to know about different kinds of skin rashes so you can treat them quickly and reduce discomfort.
Cancer rash symptoms
- Chemotherapy patients often have lesions which may be similar to eczema, heat rash, pruritis or psoriasis.
- Cancer rash on leg lesions may be filled with pus, and may start oozing.
- Ovarian skin cancer rash lesions do not heal easily and can lead to several other complications. Proper wound care is a must during this period.
- Some rashes may ooze, smell like rotting flesh and may even bleed.
- Skin cancer rashes vary from person to person-their duration will also depend on individual immunity.
Skin rash is common in following types of cancer: breast, ovarian, melanoma, head and neck cancer, genital cancers etc.
Your doctor will prescribe topical and oral antibiotics for treating cancer rash on legs, arms, face etc. Charcoal dressings also help. To reduce odor from the skin, you can use Betadine/iodine solution, metronidazole cream or honey.
Other skin rash types that could be cancer
These may be present as pink, red, grey or tan, scaly, patches or bumps on face, scalp or back of the hands. This skin rash may affect people who have had extreme sun exposure. See your doctor immediately as it could lead to cancer.
Scars that change shape/size
Keloid or hypertrophic scars usually are benign or non cancerous. They may suddenly grow larger than normal and you need to use pressure dressing to prevent further growth. Surgery is an option to remove keloids but this could lead to further scar tissue formation. Most keloids lighten up after a few years.
This is not a skin rash; rather it is a soft rubbery growth on forehead or other parts of the face. It is made of fat cells and you can have it removed. Lipomas are usually not cancer rash symptoms.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which usually starts off as a small mole or bump anywhere on the skin and appears to move, change size, color or shape. You must see your doctor right away.
Basal cell carcinoma
Fleshy growing mass near the nose, eyes or other areas exposed to sun is probably basal cell carcinoma-a common type of skin cancer. Have this checked by your doctor immediately as it is curable if caught early.
Squamous cell carcinoma
This is characterized by red, crusty, unusual growth on lip, chin or face. It is cancerous so have it checked right away.
This cancer rash may be in the form of dark, black, raised spots anywhere on the skin that keep growing. It is seen in AIDS patients or those with immune deficiencies.
Skin rash that is not cancer
Usually seen on face or back. See your doctor if it does not respond to benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin creams.
This skin rash is characterized by flushed appearance with redness on the face. Antibiotics and dietary changes can help curb this condition.
Single bump or a cluster of bumps or lesions. Hot compress and/or antibiotics can help. See your doctor if the redness persists and the boil does not come to head.
Single painful, pus filled blister or a cluster of blisters around shaved areas of the skin or around a hair. Most of these heal on their own. See a doctor if antibiotic creams do not help.
Allergic skin rash/hives
This can be caused by allergic reaction to a bite, or allergens in food, dust, detergents etc. Oral and topical antihistamines help. See a doctor if you also have difficulty breathing, swelling on the face etc.
This skin rash arises due to allergic reaction to medicine. It is characterized by red, scaly, itchy spots that appear suddenly after taking medicine.
This skin rash is usually seen on elbows and knees and is characterized by white, scaly, red, itchy rash. A good skin moisturizer and some prescription medicines can help. Also phototherapy can give relief.
Chicken pox and shingles
This skin rash is caused by a virus. It is extremely painful and affects the nerve endings. In most patients, it takes weeks or months to clear up. Anti-itch creams, cold baths, pain relief medicines and cool compresses can help.
This is caused by fungi and may be seen in the groin, in between toes, scalp, face or other areas. Oral and topical antifungal medicines can help. Tinea versicolor is presence of white round or oval patches on areas that were affected by ringworm. Selenium sulfide can help treat these rashes.
Bacterial skin rash affecting skin near nose and mouth. It is characterized by crusted, red bumps or lesions which ooze. Antibiotics-both oral and topical-can help.
Extremely itchy rash in between toes and fingers. It is caused by bites from mites infestation. See your doctor for prescription medicines and wash all clothing and surfaces in hot water and bleach/detergent.
Small white bumps anywhere on skin. In newborns, it may be present on face and is often similar to baby acne. This skin condition usually clears up within a few days without treatment.
Heat rash or skin rash usually occurring in hot, humid months. Characterized by itchiness, burning etc. Keep skin cool and use hydrocortisone cream for the itching.
There are several other skin rashes that can cause severe discomfort. See your doctor if a rash does not clear up despite home remedies.