Hi, yes I was told about taking care under the armpit too after lymph node removal. Thing was, because of the lack of mobility in that arm afterwards I couldn't lift it up enough to actually shave with anything, so I didn't bother buying and electric shaver. I couldn't even get under there properly to use hair removal cream for a few weeks, so I just though, what the heck, when I have my consultant check up they'll just have to see a few hairs there - they know what they look like so shouldn't be shocked!
I was told not to wear deodorant for a couple of weeks after the op too, so when I went for my check up unfortunately I was a bit nervous and felt a little bit sorry for the doctor having to get too close there lol. But they are doctors and have experienced more than just a wiffy armpit so that kept it in perspective for me:)
you absolutely do not have to have hairy armpits! I've had anc too - you can use an electric shaver or creams and some safety razors (not bic!). The important thing is that you don't nick or cause soreness to your skin because of the infection risk and then the risk of lymphoedema.I'd recommend creams, but make sure you time them carefully because of the lack of sensation. If you're having chemo - sometimes your armpit hair doesn't come back at all - that's what I'm hoping for!
Hi - I too had lymph node clearance and mx - you really must try and avoid cutting yourself as this could lead to an infection. I have been using an electric shaver. Not that easy as it's very numb but does the trick. Good luck. Jo xxxxx
Hi my friend has recently had a masectomy and has had lymph nodes removed and has been told she cannot shave under her arm again and to use fragrance free hair removal cream which we cannot find anywhere. Did anybody else get told this? or can anyone recommend anything she can use x Many Thanks xx