• has anyone experienced blistering burns from radiation? I still have 12 treatments to go, and I've got broken, blistered skin under my arm.

    Asked by cheypeggy on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    has anyone experienced blistering burns from radiation? I still have 12 treatments to go, and I've got broken, blistered skin under my arm.

    How long will it take for skin to heal after radiation stops?

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      It typically begins to heal 2-3 days after the last radiation treatment. How long until it is completely healed depends on a number of things including degree of skin damage, and how responsive your immune system is. Low white blood count from previous chemo or infection, smoking, and any recent infections or inflammations can significantly slow down any healing process.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      No....I was just pink and very itchey....the rad onc nurse gave me salve to use plus something to use to cool the area....

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My neck turned almost black, had pretty good burns but no open sores.

      about 4 years ago
    • KiVier2011's Avatar
      KiVier2011

      They gave my son a product simply called "Lotion Soft Skin Conditioner" by STERIS Corporation to apply to his burning skin an hour after treatment 2x daily, but not to be applied within 2 hours before his daily treatment. It soothed the skin and helped with the burning/itching sensations. He eventually blistered and had sores, but the lotion could still be applied. We found that even a day without using it caused him great pain, so I applied it until the skin healed and "tanned", about 1 month after treatment.

      about 4 years ago
    • KJB's Avatar
      KJB

      I too had blistering burns from radiation. Found a cream called RadiGuard that was a god send. Helped me to heal quickly and was very soothing. If you can't find it at a local pharmacy, you can get it on line.

      about 4 years ago
    • KJB's Avatar
      KJB

      I too had blistering burns from radiation. Found a cream called RadiGuard that was a god send. Helped me to heal quickly and was very soothing. If you can't find it at a local pharmacy, you can get it on line.

      about 4 years ago
    • KJB's Avatar
      KJB

      I too had blistering burns from radiation. Found a cream called RadiGuard that was a god send. Helped me to heal quickly and was very soothing. If you can't find it at a local pharmacy, you can get it on line.

      about 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      Yes -- I blistered and peeled under my arm. I had to take a week off to allow some healing. They gave me some kind of Radia (?) cream that did not help much. Then, they prescribed Silverdene which worked great --- I would apply a thin coat ---- and -- at the Technician's suggestion, I elevated my arm and let a fan blow on the area which helped tremendously

      about 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar
      Debbie

      cheypeggy, I'm right there with you. My blisters are in the upper chest/lower neck area. Rad doc said to continue using Aquaphor, wear a cotton t-shirt next to my skin and the site will heal when radiation ends (8 more treatments). Hope the days go by quickly for both is us!

      about 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar
      Myungclas

      Ask the nurses or radiation oncologist for samples. They have tons of them and they're stingy with them! I actually overheard one of the nurses saying she keeps a drawer of them at home in case she burns herself cooking! Seriously? And they're stingy with the cancer patients? Ugh. But I kept on them until I found the best product for me and then kept hitting them up for more of it. Don't suffer in silence.

      about 4 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar
      JudyW

      I had horrible burns when I went through radiation. In fact, I had to delay treatments for almost a week due to the burns I had. Make sure the radiologist sees the burns and talk to the resident nurse and/or radiation techs about it. I used Aquaphor, which helped, as did aloe vera gel. It's just a matter of time....

      about 4 years ago
    • NanaJamie's Avatar
      NanaJamie

      I, too, had to take some time off because of the open sores. They gave me silvadene, which helped some. Healing started once I began the boosts and after it was over, I used tamanu oil. It healed me almost instantly.

      about 4 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar
      annogden

      Pure aloe gel can be very helpful. It's very soothing if put on immediately after radiation treatment. I am very fair skinned and believe that it helped me not to suffer too much from burning. Be careful not to get any cosmetic versions of aloe, only the pure gel will do. You can find it in health stores and some pharmacies. Pure aloe gel needs to be refrigerated, so keep a large bottle in the fridge and fill a small pot to take with you to the hospital to use after treatment is done.

      about 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      I had terrible burns, but mine came out with about 3 treatments left. Make sure you are seen by the Radiation Onc and their nurses. They will give you what you need so that you heal quickly and don't get any infections. I used medicated pads, then silverdene, then steroid creme and burns got better in about a week. Finished radiation in October 2012 and still have sensitive skin in those areas, but nothing bad. You won't believe how quickly this will heal with the proper treatment for you. Don't try to treat yourself or take advice from others before your Dr office guides you. The key is not to get any infections and some of the over the counter stuff may not be for you until the Dr tells you its ok.

      about 4 years ago

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