Bone marrow is the place where blood cells are made. Because of this, a large number of white blood cells start forming in your body. Normally white blood cells protect the body from infection. But in the case of leukemia, all those damaged white blood cells crowd out healthy blood cells. When this occurs, skin symptoms may occur.
Let us know what are the symptoms you may get on your skin in case of blood cancer.
Leukemia skin symptoms
- Petechiae – red colored lesions that bleed
- acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – a red, brown, or purple rash that appears on the skin
- mouth sores and swollen gums
- leukemia cutis – red or purple bumps that appear on the skin
- bleeding easily when brushing
- skin discoloration
- Skin infections easily due to weak immunity
tiny spots called petechiae
As reported by HealthlineThis symptom is seen in some people with leukemia. In this, there are small red spots on their skin. These red spots can be easily seen on fair skin. Petechiae usually occur where blood is most likely to pool, such as on the feet, toes, hands, and shoulders.
mouth ulcers and swollen gums
Mouth ulcers are a common symptom in some types of leukemia. A report by NCBI Researchers say that mouth ulcers and swollen gums can be early signs of blood cancer. This may be due to low levels of white blood cells or anemia.
When leukemia begins to affect your skin, you may experience symptoms of leukemia cutis. Symptoms may first affect your face, trunk, and hands. These symptoms include small raised bumps on the skin, lumps under the skin, thick patches on the skin, changes in skin colour, ulcers and blisters.
When the blood vessels under your skin are damaged, you are more likely to bruise because the body does not make enough platelets to close the bleeding blood vessels. Leukemia lesions look like any other type of bruise.
Due to the lack of platelets, people also get bruises, which also leads to bleeding. People with leukemia may bleed more than they expected, even from a minor injury, such as a small cut.
change in skin color
Although leukemia can leave dark spots or bruises on your body, it can also affect the color of your skin in other ways. People with leukemia who have fair skin may appear pale because of anemia. If you have anemia and your skin is dark, you may notice that the mucous membranes in your mouth, nose, or eyes look blue.
Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot be a substitute for any medicine or treatment in any way. Always consult your doctor for more details.