• Bag Balm during radiation

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Bag Balm during radiation

    OK I'm starting on my 5th week of radiation & the Dr. wants me to start using Bag Balm. I've used it before on a much smaller basis. I know it is needed to keep my skin from getting bad but I hate it. Sorry but I think a lot of us do. I know this is minor, just uncomfortable & I'm happy to have gotten this far with just minor burning. Can anyone tell me what is good to get the stains of this out of my clothing? It is so hot right now so t-shirts will be pretty warm. Also going out I'm not sure if I can cover the skin with a white cotton hankie or not. Any suggestions would be apreciated. Thanks

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I didn't use bag balm during radiation. However, I used Aquaphor and didn't like it by itself-too greasy. So I mixed it with aloe and it was much more tolerable. I wore a bra the during the day the whole time because I worked during radiation. Temps were in the 100s plus! I put on a soft nightshirt as soon as I got home.

      about 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      As debsweb18 notes, there are alternatives to Bag Balm. I used Aquaphor as well - it was greasy, but not thick like Bag Balm. Later, when I began to experience some pinkness and itching I used Regence HCL (it has lidocaine in it). Really, you are almost to the finish line. Hurray!

      about 4 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      Have you tried Aquaphor? That's what I used. Im not sure how well it works because my skin didnt get irritated, only dark.


      about 4 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      Remember, you must ask your doctor or nurse practitioner what may you use on your radiation site. Aquaphor was one of the ones approved by my medical team.

      about 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear oceablue24:
      Bag Balm was originally developed to soothe cow's udders - see any irony here? It's mostly vaseline with an antiseptic in it. I never burned during radiation, although I had some peeling skin the week after I finished. My routine every day was this: aloe vera gel slathered on immediately after the radiation - before I left the cancer treatment center. When I got home, I used neosporin (an antiseptic) and pure, unscented shea butter (the best thing I have ever found for dry skin). The shea butter looks greasy for a time on the skin but does not stain fabric. My radiation oncologist didn't like the idea of the shea butter, but my nurse did, so I went ahead and followed my instincts. The onc recommended Aquaphor, Desitin (baby diaper stuff, really?!) and Eucetrin, all pretty standard recommendations, I know. But the neosporin and shea butter worked for me. No burning, no redness - in fact, I got a tan that looked like I had been on the beaches of Brazil (at least on one side).
      Fight On,

      about 4 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar

      Aquaphor is a great product. Helps heal and keeps the area more comfy.

      about 4 years ago
    • NiftyNana's Avatar

      The first time I went through radiation my doctor recommended using Aquafor instead of bag balm. It is one step up from vaseline, and it is found in the baby products usually. It's expensive, but I have just completed my second bout of radiation therapy and this stuff has kept me comfortable. I don't notice it staining anything either.

      about 4 years ago

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