• Relief for radiation burns?

    Asked by karenglowacki on Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Relief for radiation burns?

    My father-in-law is undergoing radiation right now and is dealing with facial burns (he has nasal pharyngeal cancer). My mother-in-law is using Aquaphor, per the doctors and has helped. Curious if anyone had other ideas? Thanks!

    10 Answers from the Community

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    • RE16's Avatar

      Back when I had radiation if the burn was bad enough they would give me Radia Care Gel sheets which were quite soothing. They stay in the fridge and when applied they are cool which feels great. They are expensive, they are sold on Amazon here is a link.


      Hope this helps.

      about 9 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      Another thing that you can do while having radiation is to lightly dust the radiated area with corn starch (yes the stuff in your kitchen.) I was instructed to made a corn starch dust ball of sorts using cheese cloth or a stocking (sock) tying off the end. This really worked well as it made it easy to apply lightly. The cornstarch helps to keep the radiated area from chafing.

      about 9 years ago
    • karenglowacki's Avatar

      RE16 - you are amazing and this is a perfect example as to what this site is all about. These are great recommendations and I am going to pass along to my in-laws. Thank you!!!!!

      about 9 years ago
    • RE16's Avatar

      So glad I could help Karen, my best to your in-laws!

      about 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Sorry it's taken me so long to see this. My cancer center had lotions available for me to use. I had tubes of lotion and gel everywhere, so I would remember to slather it on. At first I used Aquaphor. When the radiated area began itching a bit I used a gel called RegenceCare that has lidocaine in it. It was very soothing.

      It's best not to use anything until you've passed it by your radiation oncologist for approval.

      about 9 years ago
    • redcct's Avatar

      They prescribed Silvadene cream for my husband & it worked really well. Once he finished radiation, the burns healed pretty quickly, 2-3 weeks & they were healed. His back still has a rough texture where the burns were, tho.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      as crazy as it sounds 2 good things one is honey just smear it on and it takes the heat off next a rag soaked in cold whole milk apply to the burn it takes the heat out and moisturizes the skin i am also a burn survivor and use both of thses treatments

      almost 9 years ago
    • Lovie's Avatar

      As the treatments continue, be on the lookout for Thrush. This is a condition that can happen inside the mouth. There are good medications to help this problem and Mary's Magic Potion to ease mouth radiation burns.

      over 8 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar

      I had radiation burns inside my mouth, on my tongue and lips, painful to the extreme. The ony relief I found beyond the morphine and hydrocordone was a mixtue called MBX, what this is, is equal parts of Mylanta, Beneydryl, and Xlyolcaine (spelling?) anyway, bottom line is that the anestheic of the xlylocaine stop the pain temporarily so I could eat, the benydryl help with the swelling and the mylanta acts as a way to make it stick and not wash off so easily. This concoction i made up (by prescription) by the pharmasist. It was the only thing that made it possible for me to eat and drink without having a stomach tube put in. I highly recommend it for those with mouth pain, but it is topical only.

      over 8 years ago
    • nattydreds' Avatar

      We used aloe from the aloe leaf. You can get a plant or buy the leaves at the supermarket.

      about 8 years ago

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