How to Cope with Cold Sensitivity During Chemotherapy
3 Simple Tips to Deal with Discomfort After Treatment
One of the primary side effects of chemotherapy is cold sensitivity. Many cancer patients don’t talk much about it since it comes only secondary to nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. However, cold sensitivity also causes patients severe discomfort even after treatment.
Some cancer patients treated with oxaliplatin — a drug is used in treating colorectal, pancreatic, stomach, and esophageal cancers — reportedly complained of cold sensitivity or cold dysesthesia. They experienced an unpleasant sensation when drinking cold beverages or being exposed to the cold. They said the experience was painful.
Typically, the condition lasts as long as the patient receives chemo treatment. This means that this is not a permanent condition and it usually goes away after the treatments are done. Cold sensitivity often manifests after chemotherapy infusion or several days later.
If you or a loved one is experiencing cold sensitivity following chemo treatments, here are some practical ways to manage it.
- Avoid cold food.
Avoid eating cold food like ice cream after receiving chemotherapy.
- Bundle up.
It would help to bundle up or avoid cold temperatures which may cause you discomfort. Whether you are at home or heading out, adding a few layers of clothing will make you feel more comfortable. Wear gloves when reaching for the refrigerator. Stay in a room that’s not directly exposed to air conditioning.
- Chew ice chips.
Some studies suggest that chewing on ice chips during a chemotherapy infusion can help patients manage nausea, vomiting, and cold sensitivity. Researchers say the ice cools the mouth’s internal temperature, thereby constricting blood vessels inside the mucous membranes. This decreases the amount of the drug that gets delivered directly to the patient’s mouth and throat.
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Cold sensitivity is just one of the many unpleasant side effects of cancer treatments. The good news is that most of these side effects are just temporary and may go away once the patient’s body cells normalize.
The bad news, however, is that some children diagnosed with cancer can’t get access to proper treatments mainly due to a lack of financial resources. Their families can only hope that some kind-hearted benefactors would come to their aid.
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