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Sensitivity To Cold


Following are time tested tips for dealing with sensitivity to cold caused by chemotherapy. If you have additional tips, please share them by e mailing Survivorship A to Z.

While the sensitivity continues:


  • DO NOT
    • Eat ice chips  
    • Drink anything cold.   
    • Eat anything cold including ice cream
    • Store beverages at room temperature
    • If beverages or food are cold, allow them to become to be room temperature or heat heat them prior to consuming.
    • If you really hunger for a food that is normally served cold such as ice cream, let it melt before consuming.


  • Always wear socks (even to bed in case you have to get up to use the bathroom) to avoid cold tile/vinyl floors.
  • Do not put ice or ice packs on your body.


  • Keep a pair of gloves near the refrigerator so you can get what you need without touching items in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Do not run the air conditioner on high
  • Keep the residence warm during the winter


  • In cold temperatures:
    • Bundle up leaving as little skin exposed to the elements as possible.
    • Wear scarves to cover your nose and mouth to minimize exposure to cold air.
    • Wear gloves
    • Avoid touching metal hand railings or other cold objects.
  • Do not swim in cold water.
  • Avoid breathing deeply in cold air. Consider wearing a scarf over your nose and mouth that you can breath through.

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