You may experience skin sensitivity in the groin and anal area (perineum) before, during and after having radiation therapy.
What you can do
There are a number of things you can try to help you manage local skin effects, such as:
- Wash the treated area gently with warm water using a mild, unperfumed and unscented soap like baby soap or Dove
- Take showers instead of baths. Sitz baths may help. Dry the skin using a soft towel or a hairdryer on a cool setting.
- Wear natural fibres such as cotton instead of synthetic fibres.
For more information read “Caring for your Skin in the Groin and Anal Area (Perineum)” [PDF, opens in new window] »