• Has anyone noticed a change in their hair and nails since undergoing radiation treatment to the head and neck area?

    Asked by maddie1 on Thursday, March 8, 2012

    Has anyone noticed a change in their hair and nails since undergoing radiation treatment to the head and neck area?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      During my first treatment with radiation 24 years ago, the hair fell out of the back of my head where I was being shot with radiation. From the crown of my head down. No difference in nails though.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Did you have any chemotherapy before the radiation? Nail changes are often a delayed side effect of some chemo drugs.

      over 4 years ago
    • sofarsogood's Avatar

      My hair, skin and nails all seem different. Especially upset about my face, which is now lumpy, and scaly.

      over 4 years ago
    • Barbara's Avatar

      I finished radiation treatments Sept. 14 and, yes, there has been a change in my hair. I have 'true' white hair. The radiation was concentrated on the lower right side of my face and neck since I had adenoid cystic carcinoma, a malignant tumor under my tongue. I lost the hair from the neckline to the base of the skull, but for several months I wore a wig. When the hair started growing back it was jet black. However, in the last month this new hair is gradually turning grey which is a help. As far as my nails, seems they are growing faster than they used to but I just keep clear polish on them. The other radiation-causing problems I am still continuing to deal with.

      over 4 years ago
    • Moonlady69's Avatar

      I did not have radiation, but after 9-1/2 months of interferon and several surgeries, my hair had grown back much curlier and my nails are incredibly strong!

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Your question and the topic of nail changes from chemotherapy helped inspire a blog article.

      What's happening to my nails? - Nail Changes from Chemo

      This article shares solutions from WhatNexters and related questions others have asked on the site; perhaps you will find it helpful.


      about 3 years ago

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