If radiation is part of your treatment plan for breast cancer, it is important to know how to avoid skin sensitivity and how to treat it. Especially, since warmer weather is on its way, being aware of what can trigger skin irritation can help alleviate any discomfort you may experience.
The following tips from BreastCancer.org are simple ways in which you can find comfort throughout and even after treatment:
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to avoid friction from the contact of fabric with skin; cotton is the preferred fabric of choice.
- When showering, use warm water! Hot water can be to harsh for your skin and can create a burning sensation. Also, use a mild, fragrance-free soap with added moisturizers, like Dove Body Wash.
- Warm weather means more time spent outside and by the pool. Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas. BreastCancer.org recommends wearing a swim suit with a high neckline and a cover up for when you are not in the water. Try to avoid pools that are treated with chlorine. Chlorine can dry out your skin and cause irritation to treated areas.
- The golden rule we should all follow whether we are receiving radiation treatments or not, is ALWAYS wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher! Your skin will be far more sensitive to the sun during treatment.