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Skin, Hair & Nails

Side effects related to the skin, and skin derivatives such as hair, nails, glands and receptors.

 skin rash

 severe burn after limited exposure to the sun

 redness similar to a sunburn

swelling

 a sensation of tingling or burning

 hand and feet sensitive to touch

 tightness of the skin

 thick calluses

 blisters on the palms and soles

 chronic wounds

 pressure ulcers or bed sores

 nail changes

 peeling skin

 itching or dry skin

 hair loss

 pimples

 red bumps

 tender sores inside the nose

 cracking of the fingertips

 increased facial hair growth

 bruising

 abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin

 

The following health professionals can help with Integumentary side effects. Follow the links below to learn more.

Dietician:

Dieticians advise individuals on nutrition-related matters and can modify diets to treat or help manage chronic conditions, food allergies and food intolerances.

Evidence:

Dietitians can help offer strategies to manage various types of pain e.g. mouth, stomach, oesophagus such as avoiding certain foods or fluids, changing food texture and temperature.

Naturopath:

Naturopaths provide a complimentary medicine, by employing a wide array of “”natural”” treatments, including herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counselling.

Evidence:

Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain may be minimised by concurrent treatment with various nutritional supplements including vitamin E, vitamin B6, omega 3 fatty acids and acetyl-L-carnitine.

Nutritionist:

Nutritionists main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.

Evidence:

Honey significantly reduced the severity of mucositis associated pain and resulted in lesser treatment gaps and a decrease in overall radiotherapy treatment duration.

Oncology Massage Therapist:

Oncology Massage Therapists are nationally and internationally recognised.

Evidence:

It has been found that massage therapy significantly reduces the severity of the pain and improves the mood of patients with lung, breast, pancreas, prostate and colorectal cancers.

Yoga Instructor:

Yoga Instructors teach a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.

Evidence:

According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in April 2011, brain scans of this region demonstrated that mindfulness meditation can dramatically reduce sensitivity to pain-even more so than morphine.