SKINCARE CORNER Q&A

Skincare Corner Q&A is a regular feature in our Forum newsletter and the questions and answers are reproduced here after publication.

Feature contributor, Meredith deH. Haab, Ed.D., poses common skincare-related questions to cutaneous lymphoma specialists and shares their insights.

Soap & Bathing

Do you recommend soap for skin care? How should it be used? What is the role of antibacterial soap?  Answers

What is the best way to bathe? Are there any special considerations or recommendations?  Answers

What do you recommend for scalp care and in particular, for pruritic (itchy), lesional skin? Answers

Laundry

Can I use laundry detergent on my clothes? Will it aggravate my skin/lesions?  Answers

Cold Compresses

Do you recommend the use of cold compresses? If not, why not? If so, when and how? For what conditions? And lastly, is a cold compress the same as a wet wrap? Answers

ERYTHRODERMA

Erythroderma is a medical term used to describe when most (>80%) or all of the skin becomes red and scaly.

What are general skin care recommendations for erythroderma? Answers

What's the difference between exfoliative eryghroderma and exudative erythroderma adn how can a patient/caregiver best treat/deal with each? Answers

Treating Sensitive Areas

The approach to treating sensitive areas is not "one size fits all." 

How do clinicians advise patients to tend to such sensitive areas with mucosal involvement (such as oral and vaginal/perianal areas)? Answers

Keratoderma

Keratoderma manifests most frequently as the thickening of the skin on the palms of the hand or soles of the feet and can cause a lot of discomfort.

What are recommendations for treating keratoderma? Answer

Information provided in the Skincare Corner Q&A is collected and written by: Meredith deH. Haab, Ed.D. Dr. Haab's mother had cutaneous lymphoma and Meredith's interest in skincare was born out first hand experience taking care of her mother's skin. 

Please note: content is informative only. At-home skincare does not negate the need for prescription medications, but can complement the treatment of cutaneous lymphoma. Always consult with your doctor or health care specialist for medical advice.

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