MDS is a bone marrow failure disorder
Skin changes including rash

The most common skin changes for patients with MDS are rashes or injection site reactions.  A rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, appearance, or texture. A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or affect all of the skin. Rash is generally caused by a skin irritation that can result from chemotherapy, allergy, infection, or skin problem.  Certain skin changes may indicate more severe skin infections, such as shingles.

Things you can do:

  1. Examine your skin daily.
  2. Report changes in your skin to your health care provider as soon as you notice them.
  3. Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreens with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
  4. Wear hats, sunglasses, and cover skin as much as possible.
  5. Use mild, non-perfumed, non-deodorant soaps, such as Dove, Aveeno, or Neutrogena soaps.
  6. Take showers or short, cool baths instead of long, hot showers.
  7. Use lanolin-based creams, lotions and ointments regularly to keep your skin well hydrated.
  8. Avoid perfumes.

Additional Resources:

MDS Foundation: Rash

American Cancer Society:  Getting help for skin changes

Cancer Care: Rash:

Oncolink: Nail and Skin Changes:

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