• Radiation Blisters-

    Asked by Giraffe on Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Radiation Blisters-

    I am experiencing blisters under my arm on the side when I had node removal. Any ideas / suggestions on how to clear it up quickly. It is painful. Thanks. Today is my last day of radiation!!

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      CONGRATS ON YOUR LAST DAY!!! Can't offer help because I don't start rads til July 15th. Hope it feels better soon. XOXO!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had blistering under the breast. The nurses at the radiation center gave me hydrophore which is similar to aquaphore to sooth the skin. they also gave me saline solution and gauze bandages to help dry and protect the area. speak with the nurses at your center or call your radiation oncologist for advice

      congrats on completing this treatment

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Congratulations on being done with the big Microwave act!!! You will start to feel better soon now. The blisters can be taken care of with the lotions the girls have told you about. I was lucky to not get blisters, but I sure turned black, and crinkly.

      over 3 years ago
    • jojosmom's Avatar

      I used aquaphor but please be careful of infection. I had blistering and then had 3 days left of rad when I got a fever and was admitted. I had a staph infection inside my breast, had it surgically drained. 2 months later it has finally quit draiing. it has been worse than the lumpectomy. congrats on completion of your radiation !!

      over 3 years ago
    • welderdan's Avatar

      For my Neck burning, I was giving Kendall Soothing Ointment, which active ingredient was 10% Zinc Oxide..Some temp relief is about all

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had blisters and peeling whereby I had to take a week off to heal. They gave me Silverdene Cream which worked quite well. I also let a fan blow on the area which helped the healing process. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I have been using a creme the nurse gave me, yesterday started to get worst so like Suerae said the nurse gave me saline solutions with gauze to help dry and protect the area. I would talk to your nurse at the center, they will know what to do, good luck...

      over 3 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      Ask the radiatin oncologist what he/she recommends in regards to lotions. Mine recommended aquaphor.

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      I had a very long comment on this subject and forgot to copy,before they continue to request me to sign in .And lost it. grrrrrrrrrr!

      over 3 years ago
    • Bethie's Avatar

      WHOOP! WHOOP! Your last rad treatment!!! I remember my last day. I danced all the way home. As for the blisters. They are no different than a blister you would get from a sunburn, or from touching something hot. Don't pop them. If the pain is real bad, your doctor can prescribe you an ointment that contains a numbing medication. If it's not too bad, try a very, very cold cloth, almost frozen. Try it for about 10 minutes every couple hours. Just hang in there. They do go away. Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      I got blisters on day 26 of 33 rad treatments. I was told to keep it clean with just normal soap and water and they gave me a dressing called Mepilex Lite to cover it when the blisters broke. This is not a medicated dressing but it doesn't stick to the open blisters and doesn't require tape to keep it on. The did say that if I could leave it open to air as much as possible that would be good so I did that on my days off work and at night, trying to sleep with my arm up as the blisters were also at the back of my breast under my arm. They were adamant that I watch for any signs of infection as the skin and underlying tissue had compromised healing from surgery, chemo and then radiation. It took about a week for it to start to dry out and another week or two to heal.

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      The rad onc and nurses should be helping you treat this. The big thing is to prevent infection. I had a severe case under arm, around chest bone, and at collar bone all where the node areas are, etc. Mine came out around my 24th out of 28th treatment. I was given medicated pads to put over them and and mesh thing to hold them in place (no taping to skin) this was medicated to prevent infection. Then, in a few days I got Silverdene. I couldn't believe it would heal so quickly, but it did.. it got a bit worse before better, but I was healed pretty well so that I could resume normal activity in a week. Also, at that time, the fatique set in. Hadn't really experienced it much before the end of treatments. Take care, you are almost done!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      Oh honey, that sounds so painful. Ask your radiation people for some Regenecare. It comes in a red and white tube. It has lidocaine in it. Also ask them if they are watching you for infection. I doubt if you will get one, but after I was diagnosed I have gone commando with everything that comes up and it has been a successful strategy for me. You might want to wear some tshirts three times your size and leave your shirt off when you are in bed. If you feel comfortable with this, train a fan on you at night because your skin might feel hot. mine did. You may also get terribly exhausted. Some do, some don't. My guy said it was completely normal. Keep me posted. I'm PROUD OF YOU!

      over 3 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma page.