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post chemotherapy skin care - can anyone help please?
DH has finished chemo about ten weeks ago. since then he still had had dry itchy skin but not a huge problem. But over the last couple of weeks he's been scratching and with every itch he's scratching holes in himself as his skin is so thin. nothing appears infected as far as i can see (yet) but any advice on what to do, what moisturiser or emollient - dc have eczema so plenty if e45 and vaseline here but don't know what to do. (and he's clueless)
I'd ring the chemo nurses and ask their advice as in the circs it might just need a bit more intervention than usual and stuff I'd recommend otherwise like taking a piriton as a short term anti itch might not be a good idea.
Yes, agree with CMOT, I'd ring the chemo nurses as well - can't hurt, might help! I'm sure he's not the first to get dry skin, so maybe they have some tried and tested ideas.
dh gets very itchy dry patches sometimes for no particular reason, and Eurax is a good general anti-itch cream. We used it on dc with chicken pox, amongst other things. But do check with chemist/chemo nurses before using anything new?
I'd def, ask his oncy, or chemo unit, - there's various creams that will help, - aqueous, eucarin, (or, -I used a baby moisturizer - Johnson's baby soothing naturals) it's a bit suck it and see to find which one works best.
But also I think he needs to get something for the itching - antihistamines or something, - I found after chemo I became much more sensitive to irritants (I'd never had allergies before but after chemo I got hayfever, eczema etc etc.)
It does unfortunately bugger up your system a bit - so if they can tackle it topically and systemically then he's got a better chance of being more comfortable
Good luck to him in his treatment - hope he is doing OK - I remember reading your thread when he was first DX, - hope you are OK too xx
(there is lady on the tamoxifen thread who has had problems with v. itchy skin since her chemo, when she's next about and posting I'll direct her to this thread - she might have some tips )
thank you mrsJD (and everyone who's posted, obv) Will pass that on to him, it does sound like the best to try. his scratching and itches are on his lower legs and arms mostly. some higher up his legs and neck, but not on his face. I've confiscated his crappy shower gel too
I used baby shower gel too MrsS - (or baby body wash or something baby anyway) - bit more gentle on the skin. I feel for him, that itching is horrible especially when you have the thin papery chemo skin.
Also - this was a tip I have for radiotherapy - but it might help him, - I was advised to wear t shirts, PJ's etc inside out so the seams don't rub on your skin.
Glad you've confiscated shower gel! Most of us don't really need soap to get clean (unless accidents etc), but I use aqueous cream soap when wanting to feel clean, and yes, oatmeal bag in the bath, no scented soap.
am passing all your amazing tips on. going to get aveeno today and he is already putting oats in a sock... I just hope he got the right box, organic oats, from the cupboard or he'll be having a ready-brek bath instead
I had terrible dry itchy skin when I finished my chemo - I found that Dead Sea Magic body lotion was pretty good, Aveeno as has been mentioned, but also and perhaps the best, aquaeous cream with menthol - really stops the itching. GP can prescribe it, I think it was at 2% menthol.
I used to literally baste myself in the stuff before bed, followed by full length cotton PJs to stop the sheets getting greasy.
Agree with what people have posted upthread. I found that wearing thin cotton PJs became a must at night (previously I was as nature intended to sleep), as otherwise my legs just itched all the time.
The other thing I found useful, that was recommended by my onco team, was aloe vera gel, kept in the fridge. That was great when I had a hot itch, sot of heat rash type, and was also great for radio burns, after the skin had healed over.