Shelli had a regular appointment before chemo treatment to have her nails, both on the fingers and toes, painted. The big decision was always what colour? Painting her nails helped preserve them and avoid any turning black and falling off.
During chemotherapy treatment all rapidly-dividing cells are damaged not just cancerous ones. Your nails may develop blemishes and look bruised. They may become thin or brittle and can lift completely off the nail bed. This can be a site for bacteria to enter and cause infection.
Paint your nails to hide blemishes and increase nail strength making sure to use a nail polish you’ve used before to decrease the risk of having an allergic reaction. Remove nail polish with a non-acetone-based remover as it can be less drying than an acetone-based remover.
Don’t bite or tear at your nails or pick at your cuticles. This habit can put you at risk for infection. If you have lymphedema, a nail infection can make it worse. If you having professional manicures please be aware of the sanitising of instruments. Contact your medical team if you have any signs of inflammation or infection.
Check out www.breastcancer.org for more informed tips on nail care.
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