Sep 24, 2010 - 6:16 pm
My husband is now on his 2nd last dose of chemo (ECX) which he has every 3 weeks. In the last few weeks, he has had bad side effects from Xeloda that makes his skin almost red raw & whilst the Dimethicreme helped initially, it doesn't now. Tried Aveeno (at the Oncologists suggestion) and it doesn't work. Aloe Vera Gel works for a while giving relief, but he finds that night time is the worst time for it. He wakes up & it is burning & itchy & knows that he can't scratch it and finds it difficult to get back to sleep! He has red welts all over, on both arms (fore arms in particular) the upper chest & back & also his legs.
Heat in any form makes it worse, so he is having cool/cold showers and stays right out of the sun and I have replaced the winter doona with a summer one. Summer is coming on here now, with the days becoming warmer every day. Being an athlete, he is frustrated that he can't get out, and doesn't want to pay the price if he does!
Does anyone have any tips on how to control the redness, itchyness & burning? All help appreciated