• Radiation burns

    Asked by Debbie on Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Radiation burns

    I have burns and blisters on my upper chest (lower neck lymph node area) and burns in the arm pit area. I have used Aquaphor since day one. Any other OTC products I can use or helpful advice appreciated!

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      Try Biafine cream. It is for radiation burns and you can get it on Amazon.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Try using some Emu oil on the area. It is very soothing and healing to the skin.

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Wish I would have known about those creams, I just went and got well done for a few weeks.

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I use and OTC called Vasalene Intensive Healing Therapy. Still burned a little the last couple of weeks but it wasn't too bad.

      over 7 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      I was very lucky to have no burns or blisters from my 6 wks of radiation. The nurse in the lab recommended that I use Dove soap when showering & Aquaphor after. I never did use the cream cos I always only thought about it after I was dressed! Gold Bond was another cream a lot of my radiation buddies used; the one in the white packaging.

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had burns - especially in the arm pit area - I had to take a break from treatment to allow some healing. At first, they gave me a "Rada" cream but it did not work. Then, they prescribed Silverdene which helped a great deal. A thin coat of Silverdene and time spent with a fan directed at the area did the trick.

      over 7 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      The Rad Onc gave me these gel sheets that were heavenly! It kept the area cool for a half hour or so. As I remember you could tape them to the area--I slipped the sheet under by bra strap and is stayed in place under my clothes. Sorry it's been long enough ago that I don't remember the name of these sheets but it might be worth asking about...

      over 7 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      There's different kinds of Aquaphor.The one that's supposingly works is Aquaphor....Healing and Restore,if you used it from day one of radiation.If this is the one you used I guess it doesn't work for everyone like the hospital said to us.

      over 7 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      My rad onc gave me a prescription for Silvadene. The nurse said to use this then wait twenty minutes and apply aquaphor. It worked for me. Good luck:)

      over 7 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      My nurses gave me compresses that were soaked in Aloe Vera & kept in the fridge. It felt SO soothing! You could make your own with soft cloths & Aloe Vera gel that you keep in Baggies in the fridge to reuse. I am sorry you got burns. They sure suck. But I promise, they heal fairly quickly. Be sure to tell them how bad the burns bother you. God luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148 (Best Answer!)

      Hi Deb.. another Deb here.. I got terrible burns and blisters in the same areas you describe. (Just finished 28 rad treatments in October). Your radiation onc should be monitoring you closely. I was so bad at the end I had to wear medicated pad (looked like they had vaseline on them), with a protective pad over, and then, because you can't tape them on the area, they gave me mesh (looked like fish net) that was very stretchy. You put that over your head and cut arm holes. That holds the bandage on. Left them on every day and showered each morning.. Dove soap only and no rubbing. This routine lasted about 4 days.. it is important so that you don't get an infections from these bad burns. After about 4 days, I was ok not to put the pads on, and use the silverdene cream. After the peeling occured and there was itching, they gave me a mild steroid cream. Then I could go back to Aquafor. So important to have the office evaluate you so that you don't get an infection. Still I have a very dark spot near my collar bone and it sometimes itches, I just use a good moisterizer like Gold Bond or Aveena after my shower while skin is still moist. Helps a lot. Sometime though, I still feel those pings and pangs, or little stabs under my arm and around the chest bone. Scares me and then I remember these stabs could go on for a long time. Best of luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • Heather's Avatar

      I have 7 rads left and since day one I've put Miaderm, Utterly Smooth, Aquaphor and fresh aloe Vera on my skin. Two to four times a day. No blisters just red and some peeling. Hopefully this will help you - I know it's awful but hang in there!

      over 7 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I mixed Aquaphor with aloe gel, because I couldn't stand the stickiness of the Aquaphor by itself. The doctor added lidocaine with Aquaphor as well. I used baby wash for soap. I healed very quickly after treatments were over.

      over 7 years ago
    • Jackie's Avatar

      Bag balm. TOTALLY greasy (it will ruin your shirt) but oh so soothing. You may need to ask your pharmacist for it.

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Thank you all for the advice. Saw the doc today and he said I'm doing everything that can be done. His only recommendation was to wear my cotton t-shirt under my cotton bra. It' s such a lovely fashion statement! Only 10 treatments left so it's almost over......

      over 7 years ago

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