If your chemotherapy and radiotherapy cause annoying and unpleasant changes in the hair, skin, and nails, there are coping mechanisms that you can try to help you overcome the side effects of treatment.
Hair loss can occur during chemotherapy, the hair, the face: eyebrows and eyelashes, in the body: in the armpits, hands, feet and the area of puberty, but the hair usually reappears in six to eight weeks after completing therapy.
1. Use a soft brush for combing
2. Avoid excessive brushing, pulling hair, knitting a braid, or grip the hair in a ponytail
3. Use mild and gentle shampoo and hair conditioner. Prefer baby products.
4. Rinse your hair thoroughly and dry dabbing gently without rubbing to avoid their destruction
5. Avoid dyeing, the highlights, and perms
6. Avoid using hairdryers only in warm, electric shutters, electric or chewed
7. Limit the use of Eyelets, clips, rubber bands, tweezers
8. Limit the used spray (lacquer) Hair
9. Replace the foam or spray fixation with beer or lemon juice
10. Do not use extension stresses and tufts for volume
11. Cut your hair short. The short hair looks thicker and more.
12. Use sunblocks sunblock sunscreen or wear a hat to protect the scalp from the sun
13. Outside in the cold, wear a hat or scarf to prevent heat loss from the body
14. Put on your pillow satin pillowcase
15. Get the wig or your Toupees before you lose a lot of your hair. So you combine the physical quality and color of your hair on your wig. Refer to special stores for cancer patients to buy or borrow.
16. Get your wig to your hairdresser or your retailer for the styling, color, and haircut to frame your face naturally.
17. Learn about tax cuts, welfare benefits, employment and pension matters and the coverage of your insurance fund you are entitled to, based on the cost wig, artificial breast, special bra etc. Because of cancer treatment. Make sure you check everything and ask your doctor prescriptions needed.
Some who after chemotherapy lose all, many or most of their hair choose to wear turbans, scarves, hats, wigs or hair pieces.
Others leave their heads uncovered, depending on whether they are at home with friends and family members or in a public place. There is no “right” or “wrong” choice. Make sure you feel comfortable for you. Losing hair from your head, your face or the body may be difficult to accept. Feeling anger or depression are common for everyone treated and perfectly normal.
The same time remembers that this. If possible, share your thoughts with someone who had a similar experience. For support and information contact the National Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” and Annex Achaia, the Women’s Association with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” Pref., In Cancer Update and local Associations of Cancer.
To prepare properly, ask your doctor in advance what changes you can expect during the treatment on your skin. Consult before using any skin care products: cleansing, protection, hydration for dry skin, itching, or anti-inflammatory. During the chemotherapy control your skin daily for any changes that may lead to infection. Tell your doctor if your skin looks or feel different, or if you notice any cuts or openings.
1. Prefer lukewarm shower or quick cool baths
2. Wash your skin with warm water and mild soap without perfume
3. Do not rub your skin. Dry gently with a soft towel
4. Apply immediately after bath moisturizing lotion with urea or ilacticacid babyoili almond oil to retain skin moisture
5. Avoid: acne products, high in vitamin C products because it is acidic and cause flaking, perfumes, deodorants, antiperspirants, body oils, shower gels, lotions, scented, and general cosmetics or products containing alcohol and high content essences
6. Use cosmetic facial care products – body labeled “fragrance free”, “allergen-free”,
7. soothe dry with rash and itching skin with warm (not hot) bath
8. Avoid antibacterial products because more drying the skin
9. Apply a little oil with a cotton swab inside the nostrils to combat dehydration and stiffness that occurs during treatment
10. During shaving to avoid cuts, use an electric shaver
11. Do not use lotion before shaving, aftershave, hair removal or depilatory products
12. In the case of radiotherapy, if you have to put a bandage on the skin, use only paper and no adhesive tape and try to apply the tape outside the treatment area
13. For the itching, use corn starch as powder
14. Avoid activities that cause your sweating-cause dehydration
15. Avoid chlorinated pool water
16. Have a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids each day to keep your body hydrated. Avoid smoking and to alcohol. Consult special Nutritionist on how to boost your immune system with a special diet.
17. Try to sleep and rest as much as possible. Helps reorganization of the agency
18. Protect your skin from too hot or cold temperatures. You have dressed appropriately and avoided using heating pads, electric heating pad or ice packs.
19. Avoid tight clothing such as collars, brassieres, girdles, stockings and irritating or itchy fabrics like wool or angora. Use a soft 100% cotton and linen clothes when they are in direct contact with the skin.
20. Wash your clothes with mild hypo-allergenic detergents
21. Seek medical advice if you have a skin folliculitis (acne) with papules and pustules (small pockets of pus) in the face and upper torso and NOT use acne products
22. Stay away from direct sunlight and for one year period after chemotherapy or radiation especially between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. If you must be in the sun, use sunglasses, sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and natural filters such as zinc oxide, lip balm for the lips, wear a hat and protective clothing: long-sleeved shirt, pants and a hat with a large brim.
23. Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you are exposed to the sun and repeat every two hours, and each time, just exit the water
24. Do not use solarium
25. Avoid completely and for a time from the last chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments in Aesthetic Workshops include: facial or back, chemicals, plant or enzyme peeling, microdermabrasion, peeling with crystals, fruit acids: salicylic-glycolic-Retin Eiko, hair removal laser, and photo epilation, waxing with hot wax or cold-radical needle and any care can cause dissolution of continuity of the skin resulting in possible contamination.
Also avoid the face, body, and limbs, massage with hot volcanic stones HotStones any warm treatment that includes: aftothermenomenes masks and hot laps with heating creams and thermokouvetres, which can cause reaction recall with irritation, redness, burning or itching.
26. Eat only mild and safe for face and body treatments in Cosmetic Laboratories as: moisturizing, facial massage, moisturizing masks, plastic, clay masks in case of acne mild creamy peeling, stains bleaching treatments, chocolate therapy, body relaxingmasaz mild creamy peeling and moisturizing body masks, thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, provided that the products will be used for you to be free of perfume, allergens, dyes, and parabens. In each case above, consult your doctor.