Sufferings from side effects are very common when undergoing a treatment for skin cancer. This is more common if you are receiving radiation treatments or chemotherapy. One tends to suffer from several skin conditions such as rashes, redness, acne, peeling and dryness frequently. Some skin cancer patients may also feel that they are more sensitive to sunlight. Other may observe their nails becoming brittle and dark.
However, there is nothing to panic because consistent consultation with your health care team can cure some of these side effects and may also treat them.
Here are some great tips to deal with certain side effects one may face during the treatment of skin cancer:
a) You can easily deal with rashes and itches via powdering your body with corn starch.
b) Take frequent showers and use a moisturizing soap to relieve dry skin problems. You must avoid long hot baths. Hot baths only necessary when you are or an oatmeal treatment.
c) It would not be wise to use any products on your skin. The products you must avoid must include cologne, perfume, after shave lotion and all products containing alcohol. These products can dry out your skin. Also avoid using all types of astringents including witch hazel.
d) Inform your doctor immediately about any pain or burning sensation on your skin while on IV drugs. Pain or burning sensation is an indication that medicine is leaking out the veins.
e) Ask your doctor whether you can take B vitamins to deal with brittle or darkened finger or toe nails. You can also protect your nails via wearing proper gloves or foot wear when working or gardening
f) You need to take certain precaution while going outside once you find yourself hyper sensitive to sunlight. Wear good sunscreen, wear protective clothing. Also use lip balms to deal with this side effects.
g) Keep visiting an oncologist or dermatologist about your progress during the treatment.
h) You should avoid tanning beds and heat lamps at tanning salons. The ultraviolet ray coming out of these heat lamps (UV-A rays) can easily penetrate in to the skin deeper as compared to UV-B rays that come from sunlight.
i) Take supplements for vitamin A or D. Try using dairy products enriched with vitamin A and D.
j) Ask for certain creams and moisturizers that may be effective against the dryness due to skin cancer treatment.
k) Keep your face clean and dry if you are suffering from acne due to skin cancer treatment. Ask your doctor in charge to prescribe you some medicated creams or soaps for the same.
l) Always apply cream and lotion while your skin is still moist to combat dryness.
m) A colloid oatmeal bath or diphenhydramine for generalized purities resulting from the treatment of skin cancer.
n) Buy nail-strengthening products.
o) Avoid going out in the sunlight between 10: 00 a.m. and 4: 00 p.m.
p) Always wear long-sleeve cotton shirts, pants and hats with a wide brim. These hats will help you to get some relief from hair loss via blocking the harmful ultraviolet sun rays.
q) Keep informing your doctor about any inconvenience that you face during the skin cancer treatment.