Coping With Radiation Recall Dermatitis
What Steps Can You Take?
- Use a steroid creams recommended by your doctor
- Avoid being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. If you must be outside, use sunscreen. Also, avoid tanning beds, which can further harm your skin.
- Dress comfortably in clothes made of natural fibers, like cotton.
- Use soap that is gentle to your skin.
- Place a cool compress on the painful area.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/22/2012 -
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