• 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?

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    • 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.

      3 months 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).

      3 months 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.

      about 1 month ago

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