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Question from TheresaM: After chemo and breast radiation, I have a latex allergy (get a rash) and would like to know where I can purchase a cotton (non latex) bathing suit. Thanks for your help.
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. It would be important to find out exactly what you are allergic to. You may be able to tolerate a cotton bathing suit with a little bit of spandex rather than latex. Some women get irritation around the leg and arm holes, where the latex or spandex product is concentrated on the surface to keep the bathing suit in position. Some women may choose to wear short shorts as well as a cotton camisole with a shelf-bra inside as an alternative to a standard bathing suit. You can also call a retailer with a good customer service department, like L.L.Bean, Land's End, Nordstrom's, who can tell you about the exact fibers present in the bathing suit you are looking at. It's good to have a return policy in case it doesn't work out for you.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Summertime Issues: Treatment and Personal Care featured Maria Theodoulou, M.D., Tamara Shulman, Ph.D., and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the various summertime issues that relate to breast cancer treatment and personal care.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2005.

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