How to Cope with Cold Sensitivity During Chemotherapy

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How to Cope with Cold Sensitivity During Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy has helped save the lives of countless cancer patients. However, as with any other treatment, it comes with numerous side effects. One of these is cold dysesthesia, which is sensitivity to cold.

When this happens, different areas of your body will be extra sensitive to cold. Consuming cold foods and iced beverages will bring an unpleasant sensation. Being in a room with the AC on will make you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes, it can get painful.

Once you’re exposed to cold, you may feel these sensations:

  • Difficulty swallowing due to tightness in your jaw or throat
  • Numbness, stiffness, tightness, or tingling in your hands and feet
  • Breathing problems such as chest pressure and inability to catch your breath
  • Abnormal sensation in your tongue

In most cases, cold sensitivity starts soon after a chemo infusion. Some patients may not feel it until a few days later. Severity varies from patient to patient, though it’s usually very manageable.


What Can You Do to Manage Cold Sensitivity?

The thing about cold sensitivity is that it typically gets better or goes away after the chemo treatments. The longer you’re on chemo, the longer it will disappear.

Unlike other side effects like nausea or diarrhea, where patients should take certain medications to treat them, combating cold dysesthesia can be achieved through the following:

  • Avoid cold temperatures as much as possible. If you have to go outside, make sure to wear a scarf and high-necked sweater to protect your face and mouth, as well as warm socks and mittens.
  • Use gloves when reaching into the freezer or fridge and when you’re touching cold metal surfaces.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when you’re in an air-conditioned room.
  • Choose foods and drinks that are warm or of room temperature. Avoid ice cream and other frozen treats.
  • Take shallow breaths when exposed to cold air.
  • Avoid direct contact with cold water.
  • Don’t walk barefoot.
  • Have someone warm up your car before you get in.
  • Try chewing ice chips during infusion.


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