How to Use DIFINSA53™ Lotion
Here’s what to know to get started using DIFINSA53™ lotion. Also consult the information on the product packaging.
Know These Warnings
- DIFINSA53™ lotion is intended for external use only. Apply it only to the skin. Ask your doctor or nurse about any areas of skin where you should not apply it.
- Avoid contact with your eyes. In case DIFINSA53™ lotion gets into an eye, flush the eye thoroughly with water. If the condition of the eye worsens or does not improve within seven days, stop using the DIFINSA53™ lotion and contact your doctor.
- Do not use DIFINSA53™ lotion on deep or puncture wounds.
- Keep DIFINSA53™ lotion out of the reach of children. In case it is accidentally eaten, contact a doctor or Poison Control Center right away.
How to Apply DIFINSA53™ Lotion
- Gently wash the affected skin once a day, using mild soap (or pH-neutral cleanser) and lukewarm water. Air-dry the skin or pat it dry using a soft towel.
- Apply DIFINSA53™ lotion until it evenly covers the affected skin. Gently massage the lotion into your skin until it is absorbed.
- Apply it two or more times a day as needed, or as directed by your doctor.
- If you wash the affected skin again, re-apply DIFINSA53™ lotion afterwards.
When to Apply DIFINSA53™ Lotion
To prevent skin reactions such as chafing, chapping or cracking, apply DIFINSA53™ lotion at least twice a day, and more often if necessary, since it is safe to apply as many times as needed.
For best results, start applying DIFINSA53™ lotion 3 - 7 days before you begin therapy, and always consult with your physician regarding the use of DIFINSA53™ before your daily treatments.
Skin Care During Radiation Therapy
In addition to using DIFINSA53™ lotion, take good overall care of your skin during radiation therapy by following these recommendations from the National Cancer Institute. Your doctor or nurse may give you additional information to fit your specific therapy.
Be nice to your skin.
Treat your skin gently during radiation therapy. Do not rub, scrub or scratch the area that is being treated.
Avoid very hot or very cold.
Do not use heating pads or ice packs on your treated skin. Wash it using only lukewarm water.
Shower or bathe gently.
A lukewarm shower every day is fine. For a lukewarm bath, take one only every other day for less than thirty minutes. Use a mild soap that does not contain fragrance, deodorant or anti-bacterial agents. Air-dry the skin or pat it dry using a soft towel. Be sure not to wash off the ink markings your treatment team needs to target your radiation therapy.
Use only skin products recommended by your doctor or nurse.
Check with them before using products like bubble bath, cornstarch, cream, deodorant, hair remover, makeup, oil, ointment, perfume, powder, soap and sunscreen. Tell them about any prescription skin care medications you are using before you start radiation treatment.
Stay out of the sun.
You can enjoy the outdoors but avoid sunbathing and unprotected exposure to sunlight. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Ask your doctor or nurse about what sunscreen lotion to use. Remember that the sun can burn you after just a few minutes or on a cloudy day.
No tanning beds.
They expose you to the same harmful rays as the sun.
Enjoy some cool, humid air.
Skin often feels better in cool, humid places. Make your environment pleasant by keeping your house or room cool and using a humidifier. In winter, put a bowl of water on the radiator to raise the humidity.
Ask your doctor or nurse if you can shave the treated skin. If yes, shave with an electric razor and do not apply a pre-shave lotion.
No taping your skin.
Do not put sticky tape like bandages or BAND-AIDS® on your treated skin. Ask your doctor or nurse about how you can make a bandage without using tape.
Wear loose clothing.
Give your treated skin some room and some air. Do not wear tight, non-breathable clothing such as girdles or pantyhose.
Feel the soft touch.
Put soft fabrics next to your skin, such as cotton clothes and bed sheets.
Report any changes to your skin.
Your treatment team will check your skin for changes before every radiation treatment. However, be sure to tell them about any skin changes you notice, because some of these can be very serious.
Source: Radiation Therapy and You, pp. 41 – 42. National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH Pub 12-7157, May 2007.
Skin Care Resources for Radiation Therapy Patients
Below are links to cancer patient skin care websites: