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Articles for February 4, 2018

Inform Yourself If You Wear A Device Or A Dental Prosthesis

If you wear an orthodontic appliance or a dental prosthesis, it is essential to listen carefully to the advice and explanations of the professional accompanying you. Make sure you understand how to perform maintenance and cleaning of your device or prosthesis. Feel free to ask questions to your dentist or orthodontic specialist. The more informed and independent you are about your device or prosthesis, the more you’ll be able to know how to react if a problem occurs.

Practical advice: in the event of broken prosthesis or appliance, it is better to contact your dentist or orthodontist quickly to avoid the breakage causing the formation of an injury.

Take Care Of Your Skin Under Chemo

The principle of most chemotherapies is to stop cell multiplication, that is to say, that cancer cells such as healthy cells do not regenerate as usual, which has a direct impact on skin cells that no longer restore either. One of the most common side effects of chemos on the skin is extreme dryness. The skin barrier, which usually acts as a barrier against external aggression, is weakened.

In the treatment of cancer, many adverse effects may occur dry and sensitive skin that peels, itching and redness, acneiform eruptions: folliculitis.

70% to 80% of patients, after two weeks of chemotherapy, experience folliculitis (inflammation of the follicles): a rash of small pimples mainly on the face and on the trunk. Be careful, folliculitis is not treatable like acne, even if it looks like it. Talk to your doctor about proper treatment.

Clean your skin to remove makeup, impurities, and dander

Clean your face, morning and evening, with a pH-neutral cleanser (soft cleansing foam, dermatological bread) with lukewarm (not hot!) Water. In the evening, clean your eyes and lips: use cleansing milk with your fingertips applying it in a light circular motion. Remove the excess with damp cotton. Sponge your face with a Kleenex or towel.

Your daily toilet

Prefer quick, warm showers with long, hot baths that may make itchy again. Use a mild and moisturizing cleanser: a pH-neutral, fragrance-free, surgras or gel for sensitive skin. Wash by hand, which is softer and not with a washcloth that may retain some germs. Dry gently by dabbing your skin with your towel and not rubbing. Avoid any product containing alcohol and desiccating the skin: perfume, cologne, aftershave, … If you want to use a deodorant, it must be soft and especially without alcohol. No deodorant in radiotherapy!

Moisturize your skin

It is recommended to regularly apply a moisturizer a few weeks before the start of the chemotherapy treatment, which could help you minimize the severity of the side effects. Moisturize your skin 2 to 3 times a day if possible and use a moisturizer for sensitive skin more precious than your usual moisturizer. Apply your moisturizer when leaving the shower when your skin is still wet. Emphasize more sensitive areas: hands, feet, elbows. Moisturize your lips by applying a moisturizing lubricant lip balm (lanolin, petrolatum, cocoa butter).

Surround yourself with cotton

Wear clothes that do not hug you. Avoid synthetic fibers and wool that could irritate you and prefer cotton. Use a mild detergent to wash your laundry and avoid fabric softeners that may be aggressive to your skin.