Skin Care

Oncology Skin Care

How to care for skin during and after radiation:

Taking care of your skin during and after radiation treatment is important. Skin changes can be one of the primary side effects of radiation therapy. While the goal of radiation is to target the cancer cells of a tumor, the healthy cells in and around the area can also be affected.

Skin changes that can occur during or shortly after radiation treatment include:

dryness, itching, swelling, peeling,redness and/or blistering, almost a sunburn effect.

Skin changes due to radiation can differ depending on the location where the radiation is given. For example, people who have radiation due to head and neck cancer may have changes in the area of the mouth and neck (dry mouth and sore throat).

Most side effects from radiation therapy are limited to the area being treated and go away within weeks after the treatment is finished. However, some people may experience long-term skin changes in the area that was treated, including scar tissue formation (fibrosis), long-term hair loss and skin discoloration.

Here are a few things to remember while caring for your skin during radiation treatment:

Use mild soap and water to clean the area being treated (do not use deodorants that contain aluminum).
Holistic creams to prevent itching, redness and swelling – (usually best to apply 4 hours prior to treatment).
Be gentle with your skin by using a soft washcloth while showering or bathing.
Do not use loofah or brush. Pat gently.
Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing to reduce skin irritation.
Protect your skin from the sun — wear clothing and hat to cover up and stay in the shade.
Avoid extreme temperatures — take short, lukewarm or cool baths and showers.
Use moisturizer that is mild and without fragrances —

It’s important to report any major symptoms to your doctor.
These may include signs of infection, fever, severe pain, swelling or redness.

Studies have shown that preventing serious skin reactions can prevent long-term effects such as fibrosis. If you have extensive skin changes, you may want to consult with a physical therapist specializing in rehabilitation and/or a dermatologist experienced in treating cancer survivors.

Alkaline Your Body To Feel Your Best

Keeping your body alkaline with clean food nutrition and the right supplements, gets rid of inflammation and acid. These cause disease, pain and low energy.

 

Skin Care

A Well-Balanced Thyroid  For Healthy Skin:

Managing metabolism is important for skin health.

Balance is key: When the thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism), it produces too much T3 and T4. There are many negative physical effects of this imbalance. Those related to the skin include clamminess, flushing, uncontrolled sweating, and uneven skin tone. Overactive thyroid shows redness and overheating.  Under active thyroid (hypothyroidism). skin will show dryness and can result in cracking to become coarse and thick. Fine lines and wrinkles appear readily. Fluid retention causes skin puffiness.

Have your hormone levels checked with a blood test. If  an imbalance is suspected, ask your physician to measure TSH, T3, and T4. So often TSH is the only hormone measured, which can result as an incorrect diagnosis.

Support your thyroid with the best choice of foods. Foods should have iodine for key function. Seafood and seaweed are great sources. Mix seaweed into salads, or eat seaweed snacks. Include pumpkin seeds , which have iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Avoid broccoli served raw, cabbage, cauliflower, other cruciferous vegetables, and soy products. Avoid these foods eaten raw. When steamed or cooked, they will make your thyroid much healthier.

Dry Brushing Skin Treatment:

Dry brushing is a body treatment. Never use on facial skin.  A brush with natural bristles should be used. Use before a bath or shower. Do not share with others and wash periodically, to keep bacteria from building on it. It is best used in the morning, because it is so invigorating. Do not brush areas with skin lesion, broken inflamed, or sensitive skin. Gentle brushing is good for psoriasis, and can be used to manage scaling and buildup that is part of this condition.

Since dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, all stokes should lead toward the heart. Movements should be deliberate, light, and slo, with overlapping strokes. At the end of the treatment have a glass of lemon or cucumber water. Or combine the two with mint for a refreshing drink.

 

 

Protect Your Skin and wrinkles in:

Your largest organ is the skin, so protect it from cancer. This is the most common type of cancer in North America.The root cause of skin cancer is exposure to too much ultraviolet light, whether from the sun, sunlamps or tanning booths.

Three types of skin cancer:                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Basal Cell Carcinoma-occurs just under the top layer of skin, where the glands and nerves are. Squamous Cell Carcinoma-forms in the top layer of living skin.
Melanoma-the most serious, and can occur anywhere on the body.  The two most common types-Basal Cell and Squamous Cell cancers are the most treatable.  Melanoma can be treated if caught in the early stages. Types of skin changes to look for: Not all skin cancers look the same, and not all skin changes mean you have skin cancer.  Look for new signs such as: a new skin mole, a bleeding mole, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in an old skin growth.

Steps To Prevention:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Avoid tanning beds or sun lamps which increase a 75% chance of getting melanoma. 2.Use organic sunscreen and  lipbalm during sun exposure even on cloudy days. 3. Use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and says broad spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection on the label. 4. Wear clothing that protects from UV rays. If you can see through a garment held up to bright light, you are not protected. 5. Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Melanoma can develop in the eyes.

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