Disease & Illness

This Woman Thought She Had A Shaving Rash, But It Was Actually Cancer

This is a good reminder to listen to your body when something doesn't seem right.

When most of us see a rash or a mark somewhere on our body, we usually think it’s razor burn or perhaps a local reaction to some allergen, and usually, it goes away and it’s no big deal. But, occasionally, it could end up being something much worse.

Such was the case for Rhiannon Douglas from Staffordshire, U.K., whose “shaving rash” actually ended up being cancer. The 21-year-old had a blotchy rash across her legs, and she assumed it was from shaving. But instead of getting better, over the next few days it got much worse. It was so bad, she decided to see a doctor.

She was told she had Henoch-Schönlein purport (HSP), also known as HSP, a rare disorder involving inflammation of small blood vessels. When these blood vessels swell, they cause bleeding into the skin, resulting in a rash.

Douglas began taking painkillers to help ease her HSP, but nothing was working. She began to get more symptoms, including back aches and weight gain. Doctors attempted to look for other causes, but everything was inconclusive.

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Eventually, the discomfort became so bad, Douglas ended up going to the hospital. Her legs were swollen, her joints ached and she was having trouble breathing.