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Re: chemo side effect on skin breakdown



Thanks for posting.


It’s sounds like you are having difficult time at the moment and it’s understandable that you don’t want it to get any worse.


It’s not possible for us to say if there is anything further that may help, as it sounds like you are doing all the things your chemotherapy team have advised.  It may be best to contact your treatment team, breast care nurse or GP to discuss your symptoms, as they may want to see you before they   can offer further advice or treatment.


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Re: chemo side effect on skin breakdown

Sorry, posted without spotting it was for the nurses.


chemo side effect on skin breakdown

I have a raw patch of skin on my labia which is about 4cm long by 1cm. It is not bleeding but the top layer of skin has come off. I have had it for several days and have antiobiotics from the GP in case of infection, though it doesn't look infected, it is raw.  I was told to have luke warm salt baths 2 x a day and unfortunately to start with I just sprinkled in salt but now I have been told to use several handfuls. It is a shame I didn't do this at the beginning. I have now had 3 baths and there is no change. I have noticed a much slighter patch on the other side but don't know if it was there before. I am patting it dry as soon as i get out of the bath. I am worried it will get worse and that peeing will become really painful. Please can you advise Is there anything else I can do?