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Thanks, Roseanne. I'm doing OK. So glad you're going to see your onc. This will sound wierd, but I just remembered I had a rash on my arms during chemo. It was really bad at night, probably because I was out in the sun during the day and that may have compunded the problem. But it WAS an effect of the chemo. (I can't believe I had forgotten this.) The MDs didn't seem to have any suggestions for me (except to stay out of the sun, which I didn't do) so I used a home remedy to get rid of the itch. At the suggestion of a friend, I made a paste of baking soda and water, and spread it on my arms, then washed it off a half hour later. (You're actually supposed to leave it on for an hour.) It did help though I ended up with some tiny, hard bumps in some places where the rash had been, some of which are still there now, though they're not noticeable. I finished my chemo in late Sept. of 2010.
I really hope this isn't shingles, but if it is, you can't spread it to anyone else. Shingles comes from the chickenpox (one of the herpes viruses) that lives inside you. When I had shingles, I kissed 3 men on the lips (not knowing I had it) and I remember being all upset thinking I might have given it to any one of them, especially one who is a type 1 diabetic. That's when my MD explained to me that you can't pass shingles to someone else. Not for anything but since I don't want to give the wrong impression of myself, I'm single and these were all single men I danced with at a dance studio I used to frequent where the members had a habit of hugging and kissing each other after class. (OK, well, at least I kissed MY partners after class. I don't know what the other girls did. And I have to say I sure do miss it.)
Anyway, hope that helps.
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