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How can Mom prevent dry skin and scalp during chemo with Taxol?

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Thank you for this question. It sounds like you are taking an active supportive role in helping your mother manage her treatment.

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Contact the oncology center, and request that you and your mother have the opportunity to view the film again. In addition, you may want to request an appointment time with one of the nurses so your questions can be answered very specific to your mother's needs.

Additional helpful tips:

"¢ Avoid long, hot showers or baths.

"¢ Use gentle, fragrance-free soaps and laundry detergent.

"¢ Use moisturizers, preferably creams or ointments rather than lotions because the thicker consistency is better at preventing skin dehydration. Apply the cream or ointment within 15 minutes of showering. Reapply moisturizer at night, and moisturize your hands every time after you wash them.

"¢ If your skin is very dry and flaky, some over the counter creams are often used such as, eucerin's aquaphor or nivea, sometimes the oncologist may recommend a prescription cream such as ammonium lactate cream which can also increase moisture.

"¢ Some chemotherapy drugs make skin more susceptible to sunburn. Use a sunblock with at least an SPF 30, and make sure that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Protection against UVA requires ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone.

"¢ If you are going to be exposed to the sun, use a broad-brimmed hat, sun-protective clothing, and an SPF of 30 reapplied every two hours.

I would also encourage your mother to drink adequate fluids during, before and after chemotherapy if possible and to try to continue to eat a balanced diet with enough protein, carbohydrates and essential vitamins if possible will help in maintaining healthy skin.


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