Could my rash be due to SLE (lupus)?
Is there a chance a person may develop SLE after chemotherapy for breast cancer (after 1 year)? The rashes appeared at the back along nerve line. They also reappeared on arms. Thank you
Without a picture it’s hard to give advice. But something you must consider is Shingles or herpes zoster if you mentioned it’s along a nerve or dermatomal fashion.
Please consult your doctor early and start antiviral treatment if it’s confirmed. Rest well!
I concur with Dr Winston that “rash along the nerve line” is most suspicious for herpes zoster.
You should visit a dermatologist/doctor to have the rash diagnosed. He will also be able to do further tests if SLE is a consideration. Cheers
It is unlikely for SLE to be caused by the breast cancer chemotherapy. There are cases of drug-induced lupus, but this is usually when you are on the drug treatment and unlikely to occur a year after treatment. Furthermore, breast cancer chemotherapy is not a common cause of it.
As for the rash following a nerve, I agree that shingles or herpes zoster needs to considered. The zoster rash is usually associated with pain. It starts off with a red rash and blisters subsequently appear.
It is hard to be sure what the cause of your rash is, and I would suggest seeing your dermatologist/doctor to confirm the diagnosis