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] »


Last reviewed: 1/4/2018
Last modified: 11/2/2023 9:42 AM
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