Thanks ladies, that's really helpful. I'll invest in an electric shaver and try some gentle deodorants.
I had mx (no reconstruction). The info I was given suggested electric shaver to minimise the risk of infection - which might cause lymphodema. Only info I had on deodorants related to radiotherapy when I was told to avoid most things but told I could use PitROK. I also used Salt of the Earth which is similar. Unlike some of the other parabens free ones these seemed to work so still using them.
I thought you just had to use an electric razor not wet shave any more. I didnt think there was any deodorant you couldnt use once everything is cleared up. I had full node clearance through mastectomy incision, so can use normal deodorant on mine, as far as I am aware. I did try all the paraben free ones they recommend, but they are just deodorants not antiperspirants and I found I really stank in no time at all , so went back to my usual ones.
I had a DIEP Rx and one node removed on 13 April. As the weather is starting to improve, I am more conscious of my under-arms! Have started shaving and using deodorant again on my good side, but don't know what to do about the affected arm. Underarm is a little sore and sensitive under the skin on the affected side, so I don't want to do anything that might upset it. But would so like to feel fresh again! BCN told me I cannot shave that side ever again and should use removal cream instead - does anyone have any recommendations? But she didn't give me any advice about deodorant, so I would really welcome the advice and experience of others. Can I go back to my regular brand or should I use something different? Many thanks. x