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I'm on day 12 after first chemo & my hair is starting to come out. My scalp is very tender/ painful. Any suggestions?

Renee Weber-Jackson Profile
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Stage 2B Patient over 7 years
 
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2012
    Exact same thing happened to me. I agree -- shave it. You will instantly feel better.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    Arrrgh Renee.... this was the most un-fun... (among other un-fun parts) I took my horse clippers and shaved my head. It is quite sad to watch your hair come out in clumps and I am with the other women warriors.... get rid of it asap. Your scalp will feel tender, yes, tingly but that will go away. Hang in there gal, your hair will grow back. Take care, Sharon
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Verena Munday Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I had my beautician cut mine to a #1 burr....it was easier for me to accept. They said shaving your head sometimes causes ingrown hair.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • brenda austin Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    The pain goes away in about a week. I had cut my hair but it was still an inch long and was too painful for me to shave at that point. The pain doesn't last forever. Hang in there.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • kelly merkling Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I shaved my head and alternated using baby oil and baby lotion every couple of hours. I also only use baby shampoo on my head because it's so gentle. It doesn't last long though so hang in there! :)
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • cindy stephenson Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    After 2 weeks mine stated falling out. My beautician shaved it and fitted my wigs and I walked out of the beauty shot with a new style. Then I took pictures of my new shaved head and my new do and posted it on Facebook so everyone could see. I also noted to them I would not have to shave my legs of arms and I know that made them jealous- good luck :-)
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • blair greiner Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Shave it. It will still tingle and that feeling goes away in about a week but it hurts less if it is shaved short
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2009
    I love the yen/yang symbol with the ribbon. Where did you find it? I have not seen one like this. Hang in there.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Renee Weber-Jackson Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2B Paciente
    Thanks everyone for the tips! I'm going tomorrow for my wig, then to my beautician to get it shaved off ( can't bring myself to do it). @Rita Jo, I googled breast cancer ribbons for the picture.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • maria aiello Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I agree shave it! It sucks but it will grow back!! Wigs are fun to play with in the mean time!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2010
    Shave it, I agree. My scalp was very painful too. My good friend, a hairdresser, shaved it pretty close to scalp after first treatment. I walked out of salon with my wig on, feeling much better. It's really hard to lose your hair, mine grew back so much nicer. That was a good benefit!
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • laura  bailey Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    My scalp was also very uncomfortable and my hair was coming out in large clumps. I decided to take some control back and shaved my hair myself as opposed to losing something bit by bit to my cancer. Sort of a liberating experience.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    After mine started coming out in clumps for a few days I had my husband shave it. I think a lot of women (even on here) have done the same. It'll give you a sense of control and get you past the hair loss process a bit faster.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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