• Radiation burn

    Asked by Coopswifey on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Radiation burn

    My burn from radiation, which ended 2 weeks ago seems very severe. I had radiation on my left chest wall and underneath my arm. I can’t sleep due to the pain and being uncomfortable, and now in some places it’s turning pink and peeling. I have a follow up appointment next week. Is there any questions I need to ask about this or am I just being paranoid?

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • cllinda's Avatar

      First of all, don't wait a week. Call the office and tell them you are in pain. They can help you. Maybe a new cream can help. I hope this can get fixed soon. Hugs.

      about 1 month ago
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      I agree w clings. Better to have them take a look at it now.

      about 1 month ago
    • Coopswifey's Avatar

      Thanks guys. I followed your advise and spoke to my doctor. I’ll see them tomorrow

      about 1 month ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I hope you feel better by the time you are reading this!

      about 1 month ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      @Coopswifey, good luck with your appointment today. I hope that they are able to give you something to help with your pain and peeling. Let us know how you make out at the doctor's. Take care.

      about 1 month ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      We were given a cream called Aquaphor samples (photo in pinboard)the first day of radiation.I swear by it.They told us to use it 3 times a day after radiation,not just before radiation .I never had a problem.

      about 1 month ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      I agree with all postings on here. the radiation dept should have given you a few samples of creams, and suggested something to get at the store. I hope your appt goes well today. radiation isn't any fun to go thur,, it also has side effects.. Take care. good Luck.

      about 1 month ago
    • CathyMurphy's Avatar

      Take Tylenol for the pain and aquaphor cream 3 x a day . Wear white cotton t shirts it’s messy and there light on your skin . I bought whit cotton tank tops in Walmart it doesn’t rest on your neck. Good luck

      about 1 month ago
    • Lisamoses' Avatar

      Miaderm Radiation Relief cream a couple times per day and a thick layer of Aquaphor at bed time. Does wonders!

      about 1 month ago
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      Good luck today!! Hope they can give you some relief.

      about 1 month ago
    • coolteach51's Avatar

      Mine did the exact same thing almost 2 weeks after I finished radiation (my area was the same as your's...across the chest and under arm approximately 8 x 12 area). It ran its course and was healed within 3 weeks. I continued to put Aloe Vera Gel and Aquaphor on it and let it air dry after showering. I also just wore cotton tank tops. It will pass.

      about 1 month ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar

      I was given samples of Aquaphor ointment. Applied it in the dressing room right after each session. At night, 100% aloe vera gel (Fruit of the Earth, from the cancer center's pharmacy), followed by Boiron calendula cream and more Aquaphor. Showered it off in the morning and went directly to rads. (Lather, rinse, repeat). But you should ask for Miaderm if they have any. There are also large cooling gel burn relief pads you can buy at most chain drugstores. (Not cheap, but they work).

      about 1 month ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I was very fortunate to have access to a product called Ferris Polymem, "the pink wound dressing". It is not available in drug stores, unfortunately. It's made by Ferris Manufacturing Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas. I wish every radiation oncology facility in the country would learn about this product. I had a terrible, painful burn much like what you have described. All the creams and ointments offered some relief but when I finally used the wound dressings my burn was GONE in three days. The folks in radiology were very impressed by my results but not enough to add the product as something to make available to their patients.

      about 1 month ago
    • debbien507's Avatar

      Years ago (7) someone told me to put a piece of plastic wrap over the ointment I put on my radiation burn. It seemed to help.

      28 days ago
    • Yeahyeah's Avatar

      Where was advice from your medical team as to the use of ointment that they should have recommended for the area being irradiated? I would not be pleasant when discussing your situation. I assume that you followed their instructions.

      23 days ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar

      Debbie, when I suffered a 1st-degree burn after brushing against a hot espresso machine, the nurse at the Anchor HMO clinic covered the ointment with Saran Wrap. I thought that was weird because it would hold the heat in--but turns out it helped the medication in the ointment penetrate the skin's stratum corneum (top layer of the epidermis).

      23 days ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      @Coopswifey. Sounds like you got some really good solid advice. My radiation was in '06. I was given a script for silver-something. It was messy. I wore my husband's white tees. I was left with some red burns which took a long time to go away. I recently had a nurse ask about the spot which is still some funny looking small red dots. It never did look like a regular burn scar just a big red spot. I wear my scars proudly, tho.

      7 days ago

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