Hand-Foot Syndrome Quiz

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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is hand-foot syndrome?

Hand-foot syndrome is a side effect of some cancer chemotherapy drugs that can cause redness, swelling and blistering on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It tends to appear within the first 2 to 3 months of treatment.

Symptoms of hand-foot syndrome

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Change in nail color

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Blisters

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hand-foot syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hand-foot syndrome

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Has your nail color changed?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

Treatment for hand-foot syndrome

Hand-foot syndrome treatment is mainly symptomatic with the help of oral pain killers and numbing creams, ointments. Sometimes, the dosage of chemotherapy may be adjusted if required.

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