• Peeling from radiation

    Asked by peachpoppy on Friday, February 7, 2014

    Peeling from radiation

    I'm 2 treatments from finishing radiation and just started getting a bit of peeling skin in my armpit - OUCH.
    Any advice??

    I can't tell if I should keep lotion/aquaphor on it so it isn't exposed and rubbing, since it is quite raw. Or let it dry out - not even sure how I'd do that.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      ask your doc for the silvadene cream,, (hope I'm spelling it right) its for burn victims and it worked wonderfully! ahhhh :))))

      over 7 years ago
    • peachpoppy's Avatar

      Thanks Ladyhawk. I showed a nurse at my appt today and she told me to get Domeboro, which I did. She said if it gets worse they can prescribe the one you suggested. She didn't think it was that bad. But wow it hurts.

      over 7 years ago
    • brshja's Avatar

      We use the banana boat that is green but it might not work under the arm.

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I got burned and peeled whereas I had to take a week off to heal. They prescribed Silverdene Cream which worked quite well and I let a fan blow directly on the area which aided in the healing. I was still numb from the surgery so I did not feel it. I wish you the best.

      over 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Like Jenjy, I didn't feel anything under my arm, and most of my peeling was under the beast. I would call your doc if you haven't already if it's that painful, for you might be more sensitive to radiation than the average patient. In the meantime, I would suggest not only rubbing the lotion you already have on it, I would take Tylonol (or any other OTC pain reliever your doc recommends) for the pain. When I had to take 5 treatments of sitting up radiation treatments that involved having an already sore breast squished up tight in a mammogram machine for extended periods of time, my doc suggested tylonol, and it did make the remaining treatments at least bearable. HUGS and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      If the area is really raw and open, you might ask your rad onc about Domoboro soaks - they were given to me as an astringent to help dry out and heal the open areas. Those plus the Silvadene cream did the trick for me.

      I used non-adherant dressing pads to keep the raw areas covered and protected from abrasion.


      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      You got great advice here...the good news is that as soon as you finish treatments the healing process goes quickly. Good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Calendula gel for sunburn, found at the health food store.

      over 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      This happened to me at the very end as well. The cumulative effect of the rads are showing up. When mine got blistered and raw I was given medicated pads to cover them with, containing an anti bacterial gel. You can use tape over them so I wore a mesh top that kept them in place. This treatment should only be given by your rad onc team. After the blisters closed a bit, I was given silverdene burn cream. Get right to your team for treatment. Mine cleared up in a few days by following their direction. It was amazing to me because it looked so bad initially,but their ointments,etc were exactly the right thing. Don't try to treat yourself or follow any advice (including what my treatment was) until they tell you to. They need to make sure you don't get an infection and you will need to be seen. Call them right away!

      over 7 years ago
    • SurvivorKath's Avatar

      Cancer Institute gave me Calendula; works like a charm. I peeled for a month or so (I'm six months out of radiation). Now I just have a nice little tan area under my armpit. I will say I have crazy itching (like every night) around one of the "tattoos" near my breast.

      One other thing while peeling: The whole medical team told me to go without a bra for a bit, so I did. No one noticed, and it really did relieve itching and pain. Take care!

      over 7 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar

      Glad you got the medication. Be sure and put it on thick....don't skimp. Yeah, you are almost done with rads. Keep the cream on and when you run out of it use an over the counter that your rad center will recommend. My ps and my rad onc both told me to use my cream for years to come. I burned REALLY bad under my arm. I have a rx of Radiaplex and that is the best thing for my skin in that area. I ran out of it and used over the counter and my skin was giving me fits so they gave me a new script. I "frost" my left implant and under my left arm after my morning shower and again before I go to bed. I agree with Kath ditch the bra for a month or so. Good luck.

      over 7 years ago

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