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Many people who had a transplant will have some GVHD. But, there are some steps you can take to help lower your risk.
1. Take your medicines
Your doctor will give you medicine to help prevent GVHD. Keep taking that medicine as directed, even if you’re feeling healthy. Call your doctor right away if you are unable to take the medicine for any reason.
2. Watch for early warning signs
Tell your doctor if you notice early signs of GVHD. Early treatment of GVHD, infections and other side effects from treatment can make a big difference in your long-term recovery.
3. Protect yourself from the sun
Exposing yourself to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays increases your risk of developing GVHD. To limit your exposure to the sun:
- Avoid the sun as much as possible.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants when you go out.
- Apply SPF 50 or higher sunscreen on any skin that is not covered. You can also wear clothes with SPF. Don’t forget, even on a cool, overcast day the sun is just as harmful as on a hot, bright day.