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Your skin may change color during breast cancer treatment, sometimes taking on a red color, turning darker, or looking black, blue, green, or yellow (as if you have a bruise).
Breast cancer treatments that may cause skin discoloration:
Some pain medications also may affect the color of your skin.
Skin discoloration also can happen if you're experiencing other treatment side effects such as a rash or an injection reaction .
Learn more about managing radiation-related skin side effects in the Radiation Therapy section.
Managing skin discoloration
In most cases, skin discoloration fades after you finish treatment. If you're concerned about a change in the color of your skin, talk to your doctor.
If you have diabetes , you might have dry skin. Glucose levels can affect your skin, when they are high, your skin is dry. Neuropathy can also cause dry skin on your feet and legs. Skin problems from dry skin include cracking, itching and infection. The following are tips to help keep your skin healthy when you have diabetes:
Use a moisturizer every day. Keeping your skin moisturized is the simplest way to prevent skin problems. Apply moisturizer after bathing when your skin is damp. Avoid using moisturizer between your toes.
Treat cuts immediately. Wash the area with soap and water and cover if necessary. If you have neuropathy pay careful attention to your legs and feets as you can have a cut or scratch and not know it is there because your nerves aren’t sending messages of pain to your brain.
Avoid scratching cuts or scratches as this can increase the chance for infection. Apply a moisturizer instead.
Keep baths and showers warm, but not hot. Hot water washes away the natural...
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have: high levels of androgens. These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them. missed or irregular periods. many small cysts in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs. About one in 10 women of childbearing age has PCOS. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility. This term has also become a catch-all phrase for the wide variations of symptoms affiliated with insulin resistance in women. The cause of PCOS is unknown. Most researchers think that more than one factor could play a role in developing PCOS. Genes are thought to be one factor. Women with PCOS tend to have a mother or sister with the disease. Researchers also think insulin could be linked to PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls the change ...
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