For Xeloda’s® well known hand-foot syndrome I have tried various ointments and creams to deal with both the burning pain and the messy and unsightly peeling on my feet and my hands. I often resort to wearing socks with my sandals to deal with it, but my hands shed, also, and that’s a hassle. I know that several people have told me to use Aquaphor®, which is a really thick and, basically, greasy ointment that comes in a tube and in a jar for around $30. I have resisted because I really detest greasy formulations, especially at that price, but this weekend I broke down and bought some. It is made by Eucerin®, another lotion in my hand-foot arsenal because it has an anti-itch formula which helps my hands on the days my palms are driving me crazy with itching.
I have now used Aquaphor for a couple of days and have had good results. The skin on my hands has been tight and peeling constantly until I applied the cream one night and slept with them covered up by white cotton gloves. It helped tremendously to the extent that the next day the skin was actually pliable again. The serious aspect for me of wearing gloves is not being able to use my fingers on my touch screens on my iPad and iPhone, but, surprisingly, it was not a problem. A naked finger touch is a bit more reactive on a screen, but the material on the gloves is thin enough to allow enough interaction with the screen sensors. I don’t like sleeping with socks in the summer, so some days I just wear fluffy cotton athletic socks over the ointment for a few hours during the day, which is almost as effective as doing that overnight.
Anyway, I hope this will make a difference as I start my new cycle of Xeloda. Will keep you posted.5 6 7 8
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