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Radiation Therapy and Skin Problems

Written by Mystic on Monday, August 04, 2008

Some people develop a skin reaction while having treatment, however the extent of reaction depends upon the individual and the area being treated. Sometimes the skin on the area being treated may begin to look reddened and irritated, resembling sunburn. This is normal and usually clears up within 7 to 10 days following treatment.

Your skin may also be more sensitive than usual to the sun, so try to keep treated areas out of the sun during and after treatment. Ask you doctor about using a sunscreen on treated areas.

To make you more comfortable:

* Wear soft loose clothing. Do not wear restrictive clothing, tight fitting collars or belts over the part of your body being treated.
* Do not scrub or scratch treated area and particularly try not to wash off the treatment guide marks made at the beginning of your treatment.
* Ask your doctor about using soap, perfume, deodorant, talcum powder, creams or cosmetics on the treatment area.
* Do not put hot-water bottles or ice packs on treated area.
* If you need to shave the area being treated, use only an electric razor.

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