• Prevention of radiation burning.

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Friday, July 6, 2012

    Prevention of radiation burning.

    Just asking for some suggestions on how to prevent burning from radiation therapy. I was told by my Dr. that the worst would be at 4 weeks but after just 4 treatments I'm already red. I'm fair skined & have always sunburned. Also it is the middle of summer with very high temps. I put aloe gel on several times a day but it is hard to reach my back. Is it normal to get this reaction so soon & what have others on here done in the way of prevention?
    Thank you & blessings to all!

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't know of any way to prevent it, only to treat it. There are lots of different creams/ointments both as prescriptions and OTC. Ask you RO what would be best for you. The timing and degree of burning can vary from immediate to not at all depending on a numberj of different factors such as the condition of your skin and the dose of radiation.

      over 4 years ago
    • Rob's Avatar

      The rad team that burnt me gave me Aquaphor cream, and it worked verry well.

      over 4 years ago
    • maddie1's Avatar

      I was given radioplex (sp?) and silverdine cream which was extremely helpful. Unfortunately it gets worse before it gets better.

      over 4 years ago
    • AbbysMom's Avatar

      I don't think there's a prevention - just a treatment. My doc gave me tips and creams etc that helped with the discomfort but I still blistered - itched and sore at the same time. The area was pink pretty early but around 3 weeks in, I blistered in the area of my chest that shows when I wear my swimming suit. Later it got redder in my armpit - that was uncomfortable. I just kind of gritted my teeth and bore it. I am also very fair skinned but my doc said that doesn't matter what my previous sunburn experience was. I have to say that it healed alot faster than I thought it would once radiation was done. So hang in there - it is a finite amount of time and does come to an end. Hugs!

      over 4 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar

      It is just part of radiation. Use the creams they give you, keep asking for more, slather it on constantly! I had some relief from the health food store ALOE initially, but not for long.
      The worse for me was the internal scarring of the bronchial tubes, esophagus and throat, but I had lung cancer. (past tense. ;))

      over 4 years ago
    • JackAhrndt's Avatar

      I have been using Aquaphor. OHSU Hospital where I am getting my radiation is providing it for me and I find I have had no problems after almost 7 weeks of treatment. I have seen it at the store as an over the counter item.

      over 4 years ago
    • foneheads' Avatar

      I am fair skinned as well and was very nervous about burning. I also could feel it after about 2 weeks. Immediately, I started using Eucerin cream everyday (not more than 3 hours before treatment or it will actually cause you to burn). I did get one area just under my breast that became really tender by about my 25th treatment and they gave me a small pad so my bra strap didn't rub there. Aloe is also recommended, but they told me NOT to get the sunburn stuff that has lidocaine in it.

      over 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I am very fair skinned but didn't burn badly. At the center where I was treated, Aquaphor was handed out like candy and I was vigilant in slathering it on after rads and again during the day. I had a lots of big tshirts that I didn't mind getting stained. Farther into treatment when I was getting itchy and pink, I was given Regenecare HA (it has lidocaine). I had 28 treatments and 5 boosts.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I am using a combination of hydrocortisone, neo-sporin antibiotic, and an OTC hydrating lotion called Vaseline Intensive Rescue.

      over 4 years ago
    • oceanblue24's Avatar

      Thank you all for your suggestions. I use pure Aloe gel now & it is doing the job. I've seen Aquaphor mentioned several times so will ask the Dr. about that one. I looked it up & it says it is good on scar lines. Thanks again

      over 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear Oceanblue24:
      Everyone here is right - you can't prevent the burning, you can only treat it. Face it, it's like living in Chernobyl for 6 weeks or however long it takes. My skin tanned (I've got that Italian olive skin) - so now I know what I would look like if I sunbathed in Brazil, at least on one side. I used aloe vera faithfully - I applied it immediately after radiation, right at the treatment center before I went home. I applied it again midday and again at night. I also used pure shea butter because my skin is dry. So you just have to find the right combination of lotions, creams, etc that are out there to treat the burn. And be prepared (I wasn't, so this surprised me, even tho my radio-onc told me) - it gets worse for a week or two after you stop radiation. I thought I got off pretty easy until a week AFTER I finished. I got these red, watery blisters, then the skin of the areola and nipple turned nearly black and peeled off. It was a little painful but mostly just wierd looking. I used neosporin for a week, with mutliple applications each day, lightly covered with gauze and the skin healed nicely. The doc recommended desitin which I tried once, but it reminded me too much my son's dirty diapers (years and years ago, but still....) so I couldn't take it and opted for the neosporin. It worked great.
      Fight On,

      over 4 years ago

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