While everyone's body will react differently, and you should always follow your doctor's instructions first and foremore... here are some general skincare guidelines for people undergoing cancer treatment.
- Use only lukewarm water and mild soap when you wash.
- Avoid extremes of heat or cold, including hot baths or showers.
- Avoid hygiene products with alcohol.
- Do not rub your skin, be gentle & pat it dry after a shower.
- Do not wear tight clothing near the treatment area.
- Avoid using perfumes.
- Speak with your doctor to be sure that the ingredients in your current skincare will not cause further irritation.
- Ask your spouse or caregiver to apply lotions on hard-to-reach areas.
- Drink plenty of fluids—at least 2 to 3 quarts of liquid a day. Be sure to consult your doctor first about how much to drink.
- Apply water-based creams after your shower while your skin is still damp.
- If your nails become brittle, wear gloves when you wash dishes or do daily chores.
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