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Skin Care and Skin Reaction Management
Skin care: Take extra good care of your skin during radiation therapy. Be gentle and do not rub, scrub, or scratch in the treatment area. Also, use creams that your doctor prescribe.
Do not put anything on your skin that is very hot or cold: This means not using heating pads, ice packs, or other hot or cold items on the treatment area. It also means washing with lukewarm water.
Be gentle when you shower or take a bath. You can take a lukewarm shower every day. If you prefer to take a lukewarm bath, do so only every other day and soak for less than 30 minutes. Whether you take a shower or bath, make sure to use a mild soap that does not have fragrance or deodorant in it. Dry yourself with a soft towel by patting, not rubbing, your skin. Be careful not to wash off the ink markings that you need for radiation therapy.
Use only those lotions and skin products that your doctor or nurse suggests. If you are using a prescribed cream for a skin problem or acne, you must tell your doctor or nurse before you begin radiation treatment. Check with your doctor or nurse before using any of the following skin products: Bubble bath Cream, Deodorant, Hair removers, Makeup Oil, Ointment, Perfume, Powder, Soap, Sunscreen.
Cool, humid places. Your skin may feel much better when you are in cool, humid places. You can make rooms more humid by putting a bowl of water on the radiator or using a humidifier. If you use a humidifier, be sure to follow the directions about cleaning it to prevent bacteria build up.
Soft fabrics. Wear clothes and use bed sheets that are soft, such as those made from cotton.
Do not wear clothes that are tight and do not breathe, such as girdles and pantyhose.