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Hand Foot Syndrome

Hand-foot Syndrome: Prevention Techniques

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Prevention techniques for hand-foot syndrome include:

Modify your daily activities to reduce friction and exposure to heat to your hands and feet for a period of time following treatment (approximately one week after IV medication and as much as possible during the time you are taking medication orally (by mouth). For example:

  • Avoid long exposure of hands and feet to hot water, such as from washing dishes, long showers, or baths in a tub.
  • Short showers in tepid water will reduce the exposure of the soles of your feet to the dreug.
  • Dishwashing gloves should not be worn. The rubber holds heat against your palms.
  • Avoid increased pressure on the soles of your feet or the palms of your hands.
  • Do not jog, do aerobics, power walk, or jump.
  • Avoid long days of walking.
  • Avoid using household or garden tools such as screwdrivers, and other tasks where you squeeze your hands on a hard surface.
  • Be aware that using a knife to chop food may cause excessive pressure and friction on your palms.

Taking vitamin B6 may be useful in preventing hand-foot syndrome. Speak with your doctor before taking this or any other vitamin, herb or supplement.

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