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What are tips for daily hygiene while I’m being treated for cancer?

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While you’re being treated for cancer, bathe or shower every day. Pay special attention to your feet, armpits, and other sweaty areas. When you're done, use lotion so your skin doesn't get dry and crack.

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Ask if it's OK to floss gently. Don't use alcohol-based mouthwashes -- your doctor or dentist may give you a special mouthwash. Don't use the same glasses, utensils, or food as others. And don't share towels, toothbrushes, or makeup.

From: Tips to Avoid Germs When You Have Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Preventing Infections in People With Cancer," "Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment."

PreventingCancerInfections.org: "Understanding Your Risk for Infection During Chemotherapy."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Infection."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Preventing Infections in People With Cancer," "Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment."

PreventingCancerInfections.org: "Understanding Your Risk for Infection During Chemotherapy."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Infection."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 23, 2019

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