• Has anyone had trouble with hives about a week after chemo?

    Asked by foneheads on Monday, January 2, 2012

    Has anyone had trouble with hives about a week after chemo?

    I had my 3rd treatment of 4 on Dec 16th and then on Christmas day I broke out in hives. It was bad enough that a few days later I ended up in the ER because I was wheezing. I have contacted the oncologist to see what will be done (the last chemo or not), but I haven't heard back from him and I am supposed to have the last treatment this Friday, Jan 6th. The nurse said she isn't convinced its from the chemo. Any others experience this?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      Hi foneheads,

      I am sure someone will weigh in soon. But in the meantime, I am going to reach out to others via our Twitter and Facebook accounts to see if I can find someone who can share some insight with you.

      Thanks - and keep us posted. Your experience may help someone else in the future!


      over 9 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar


      I had a reaction exactly one week after finishing chemo. I actually had painful hives come out on my legs and I was so sore I could barely walk. I went to my PCP and her and my oncologist discussed my case. They felt it was a virus that was dormant in my body and since my counts were down from the chemo, the virus had a chance to come out and show it's ugly face. The hives, pigmentation changes and pain went away about 3 weeks after it appeared with no treatments (just motrin for pain).

      It seemed the best way to get it all figured out was for my PCP and oncologist to speak. I have kept in close contact with my PCP during my journey and I'm glad I did. It seems that my oncologist knows best about treatments and common side effects but when something weird pops up, he's at a loss. The team approach has really worked well for me.

      Good luck to you.

      over 9 years ago
    • foneheads' Avatar

      Thank you! I just spoke with the Oncologist and they have taken out Taxotere from my cocktail and will be replacing it with Adriamycin. He said only 10% of people experience this kind of reaction. Leave it to me!
      Anyone have experience with this drug? He said I would be more susceptible to nausea. He did mention that it can be hard on your heart with multiple, but since I am only having one treatment with it, he isn't concerned.

      over 9 years ago

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