What To Do About Mild Skin Changes
What to do about mild skin changes during radiation therapy.
Let's listen to what Dr. Ross has to say about caring for your skin on the part of your body being treated.
Some people find their skin gets sore, dry, or a little itchy during radiation therapy. Take these 3 steps to help your skin feel better during treatment.
First, treat your skin gently.
Talk with your doctor before using any products on your skin, such as lotions, creams, or deodorants. Ask about the best time to use skin products. Some should not be used for several hours before treatment.
Also, don't use heating pads, ice packs, or bandages in the area where you are getting treated. And stay away from tanning beds.
Second, protect your skin.
Pick comfortable clothes. It may help to wear clothes that are loose and made of cotton.
Going outside? Make sure your clothing covers your skin on the part of your body being treated.
If your skin hurts in the area being treated, let your doctor know. You might have what is called a "moist reaction." Most often this happens in areas where the skin folds, such as behind the ear or under the breast. It can lead to an infection if not treated.
Finally, keep showers and baths short.
Always use warm, not hot, water. You'll want to use soap without any fragrance, so look for the word "unscented" on the label.
Let's review Dr. Ross's hints to help you avoid mild skin problems.
Talk with your doctor or nurse about what skin products you can use. Avoid using heating pads, ice packs, or bandages in the area where you are getting radiation therapy.
Wear loose clothing made of cotton. And make sure to cover the skin in your treatment area when you go outside.
Watch out for a moist reaction, which may happen if your skin stays damp or wet in areas where the skin folds. Call your doctor or nurse if you notice any changes.
Whether bathing or showering, make sure the water is warm, not hot. And use unscented soap.
Lastly, talk with your doctor or nurse to learn more about how to best care for your skin during treatment.