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How can I alleviate the impact of radiation therapy on my skin?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
For short term relief, you can use a rich emollient (like Aquaphor) for dry, reddened skin. Avoid any products with drying irritants like fragrance or alcohol and be especially careful about sun protection (since this vulnerable skin is hypersensitive to the sun). The good news is that there are many effective OTC products specifically made for chemo and radiation rashes. One is Lindi Skin Cooler Pads with aloe and green tea to soothe the inflamed area. Products like this can be found online, but consult your physician first to be on the safe side. The oncologist may have a few good suggestions too.

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