Chemotherapy Side Effects
Erythema, reddening of the skin, manifests as painful redness of the skin, including the palms and soles, with or without large blisters (bullae). These symptoms can be preceded by dysaesthesia (altered sensation of the skin). The pain from this rash may be so severe that daily activities are limited.
Chemotherapy damages rapidly dividing cells, the key trait of cancer cells. In the process of chemotherapy, healthy cells that are also rapidly dividing, such as skin cells, are also damaged. Because the chemical is widespread throughout the body, the damage to the skin may also be widespread. In contrast, radiation therapy damages only those skin cells that are in the path of the radiation beam.
Supportive care for chemotherapy burns may include an analgesic (pain relief) and cold compress. Consult with your health care provider for the best course of action.
Recovery by NeoGenesis is recommended after chemotherapy to help restore homeostasis in the skin and in the nail beds. Intensive Moisturizer should also be used to help restore the skin’s own moisturizers. Simple topical application of these products should help mitigate redness, irritation, and pain. And application to the cuticle and skin surrounding your nails may help to alleviate unsightly changes in the appearance of your nails. Intensive Moisturizer is also recommended to maintain the normal, moist environment of the skin and to help restore barrier function.