• Radiation Burn

    Asked by Lorie on Saturday, May 30, 2015

    Radiation Burn

    Hi! Had accelerated rads after lumpectomy and did well til 3rd week. Used Aquaphor from the beginning but noticed that when I put it on now, there is a sensation like little bees stinging me there for a couple hours afterwards. Onc said to try mixing the aquaphor with equal amount of 2.5% hydrocodone and that seems to make it worst. Used aloe (right from the garden) past two days and get 2 minutes of good relief and then the stinging starts again.

    Is there a time after rads (finished this past Thurs.) that we should just leave it alone and let it heal with just air? No blisters, just very sensitive to everything and red blotches.

    Thank you and cyber hugs to all on this journey.
    Lori

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • luv's Avatar
      luv

      I refused alpa creams from doc and used sonessorganics.com they sell a radiation cream I ordered one jar and it worked for the whole treatment! I never got a burn and my skin is very fair, I have red in my hair. Please order this! also put pure aloe in the fridge and apply to your burn. Also get the drinkable aloe, I drank it all through radiation. I drink it now as well,

      over 3 years ago
    • JNW's Avatar
      JNW

      I used calendula lotion for about two weeks. My skin is pretty fragile, so it got bad pretty quick. As @Penny82 suggested, silvadene will help protect skin that starts to lose the protecting layer. Keeping that area dry, but not too dry is important. My OT suggested this aloe vera pad, which was really cool and I would totally use it on a sunburn, but my rad onc said it wouldn't help and it didn't help me, but you can see by the variety of answers that it's hard to know. I'd suggest with certainly making sure you stay moisturized ... and hydrated! Then just experiment to see what works best for you and is rad tech/onc approved. Maybe you will only end up with a bit of a sunburn! :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      I also blistered and had open burns during my radiation treatment on my left breast. Much of the blistering was in my armpit. My rad team gave me two ointments - Radiaplex and Biafine (both worked wonders), then gave me gel sheets that I put in the fridge and applied especially after a shower. The other trick was Mepilex pads that worked as a second skin and helped the blisters heal. They also recommended brewing green tea in a cup and let it steep for an hour then use on a compress or squirt it on the affected area (helped the skin stay moist). Once the pink skin started, I knew I was on the mend.

      over 3 years ago

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