8 Ways That Having Cancer Can Change Your SkinThe Breast Cancer Site
Cancer and cancer treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery can all change how your skin looks and feels. It’s not uncommon for patients to experience a range of side effects, which may include dry skin, discoloration, and sensitivity to the sun. If you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, here are some of the ways that your skin may be affected, and some things that you can do to treat these issues.
Skin rashes can be caused by a variety of factors. They may be a side effect of chemotherapy, and may indicate an allergic reaction to your treatment. Some kinds of biological therapy and hormone therapy can also cause rashes. If you notice a skin rash after treatment, talk to your doctor about it immediately. Topical creams containing steroids or antibiotics may be prescribed to help clear it up.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy both destroy cancer cells, but they can also damage other fast-growing cells such as healthy skin cells. This can result in dry, flaky skin. To combat this, keep your skin moisturized. If this dryness occurs on your hands and feet, it can be a side effect of chemotherapy that’s known as hand-foot syndrome. Treat these areas gently, and do your best to make sure the skin stays cool and moist.
Skin can become itchy as a result of dryness, dehydration, or as a direct result of cancer treatments such as biological therapy. Severe itching of the skin is referred to as pruritus. Skin moisturizers, antibiotics, or cold compresses can help with this issue. Opt for an electric razor instead of shaving, limit your time in the water when you shower or bathe, and limit your use of soap. Bathe in lukewarm water instead of hot water, and keep your room temperature moderate, as getting hot can make the itching worse.
5. Sensitivity To The Sun
Cancer treatments can leave your skin more fragile and sensitive to the sun, and you might find yourself more easily sunburned. Use skin products recommended by your doctor, and wear sunblock when appropriate. Also, wear loose clothing that covers exposed skin, but that also allows your skin to breathe.
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