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Skin Care During Radiation Therapy

During radiation treatments radiation passes through the skin of the treatment area to the tissues below the surface. Over time this may cause redness, irritation, tanning and sunburn. The skin reactions usually occurs during your second week of treatment increasing until about 7 days after your final radiation treatment and then subside gradually after treatment is completed.

Recomended skin care practices:
  • Do not use scented or medicated lotion, alcohol, talcum powder, deodorant, perfume, cologne, aftershave, anti-perspirant, make-up or oil IN THE RADIATION FIELD. You may use pure aloe vera, Lubriderm, Eucerin or Radiation lotion to the skin in the radiation field (the area being radiated) after your treatment each day. Lotions should not be on your skin during the actual treatment.
  • Use mild soaps in the radiation field (i.e. Basis, Neutrogena, Ivory or Dove). Avoid scrubbing or vigorous wiping. Pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Do not use styling material such as hairspray or gel if the scalp is being treated. You may use Baby Shampoo or a Ph balanced shampoo. Only use a hairdryer if necessary and on the cool setting.
  • Do not shave within the radiation field or use aftershave lotion; use electric razors (if permitted).
  • Be careful not to wash off or remove any skin marks. If the marks come off, do not attempt to redraw them yourself; notify your technician at your next treatment.
  • Do not scratch the treated area. If your skin becomes itchy, notify your doctor and use recommended lotion or gel more frequently.
  • Do not use adhesive tape, Band-Aids or dressings on the skin in treated areas.
  • Do not use ice packs, heating lamps, hot tubs, hot water bottles, heating pads or saunas. Avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Do not expose the radiated area to direct sunlight, cold temperature, winds or rains. Use an unscented sun block of SPF 30 or higher if you are going to be outdoors for more than 20 minutes to protect the skin.

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