What other gel can be used with Flamigel?

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Hello, I am now on my 10th session of Radiotherapy for anal cancer. I have a very sore vagina as well as a sore anus and I was told to use E45. After reading the instructions I informed them that I should not be using E45 on genitals so I was given Flamigel which also stung on my vagina. I was then advised to try Instillagel as it will numb it but no one appears to know if you can use this with Flamigel. I have asked the Radiotherapy team, 2 doctors and a pharmacist and everyone one is unsure or says to leave a couple of hours between applying. So I am reluctant to try it at all to be honest, if anyone knows the answer or even a different gel I can use I would be most grateful. I have also tried to find out if I can use home grown Aloe Vera, on genitals is fine but I do not know if it can be used while having Radiotherapy? I am also taking Chemotherapy tablets which may make a difference, thank you. 

  • I have read that Epaderm ointment  or cream are suitable for radiotherapy use but we have not tried them yet. Tesco I think sell it, & Boots. They are steroid free and also SLS free. SLS is apparently an irritant and could possibly be the cause of your problems.

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    I'm sorry to read how sore you are after having radiotherapy and it must be very uncomfortable.

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  • Thank you so much I will look into the Epaderm.

  • Thank you I have just joined the anal cancer forum, I thought I did that the other night but obviously not Joy

  • Thank you so much I will look into the Epaderm.