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Tips for chemo induced cold intolerance  


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March 14, 2019 11:01 pm  

Depending on your chemotherapy drugs you may have experienced the painful intolerance to cold or metallic objects. I found hand washing particularly painful unless the water was very hot. I bought a bunch of disposable exam gloves, really cut down on number of hand washings needed. Also handling metal utensils when wooden or plastic not available, gloves made from some type of cushioned material helped. Shelf stable orange and other fruit juice was tolerable warm. Plastic drinking cups were very helpful compared to glass. Thankfully those symptoms were not permanent, however some of the neuropathy remains, just feels numb but cold intolerance subsided. Good luck to all, these are minor annoyances compared to what I witnessed others endure.

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March 14, 2019 11:27 pm  

Great tips! I am several years out from chemo and still have trouble with my fingers and toes. I buy toe warmers that stick to my socks, for use inside my shoes or slippers and they are a life saver for me during the colder months. Wool slippers also make a huge difference. I used to be a barefoot girl but really can't do that except on the hottest days. My hands are usually OK if I keep them warm and dry. I guess I now have Raynaud's syndrome because of the chemo and when my hands get cold my fingers will turn bone white. 

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March 15, 2019 12:53 pm  

Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that this would be a side effect, but I'm glad there are ways to cope with it. 

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