• Skin dying and flaking off constantly in the area where I had radiation on my neck.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, July 20, 2018

    Skin dying and flaking off constantly in the area where I had radiation on my neck.

    Do any of you have this happen? The skin will be dry and flaky, you can scrape across it with your fingernails or with a washcloth and scrape it right off. It doesn't hurt, the whole area doesn't hurt but it's just strange. It doesn't hurt like a sunburn but that's kind of what it is like.

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      It could be something as simple as contact dermatitis. A gp might be a good place to start. You might be allergic to something.

      Or it could just be radiation rearing up its ugly after effects.

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Or you might simply need to moisturize the area. You can oil the area and then cover with a scarf or bandana as you seem to be outside a lot.

      Start with a few days of something simple like avocado or coconut oil. More intense would be apricot oil. Reapply as needed because your skin will absorb it.

      If the oils help, you can graduate to an even more intensive one until the area is normalized.

      Best wishes

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Er, I meant to type apricot kernel oil. It is also a great additive for a relaxing hot bath upon occasion. Add some lavender oil but try not to drown if you relax a lot and fall asleep.

      :-)

      5 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I wouldn't worry about that as the skin is just rolling over faster. Use a good moisturizer and don't pick at it....It is not dangerous...

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I haven't had anything like that happen where I got my radiation, but I use a TON of moisturizers. My skin feels so dry all of the time that I am constantly putting some kind of oil or lotion or balm on it. I usually extend whatever I put on my face down onto my neck where I got the radiation (and all over).

      5 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      If moisturizer doesn't make it become normal again, I would call the oncologist's office to see if they are familiar with it after radiation, and then go to a dermatologist.

      5 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Greg, also consider your soap could be too strong for that skin now. My dad was told to change from Lifebuoy soap to Dove soap a few years before he died.

      A dermatologist can take a biopsy, and pathology can tell you if it's an allergy or exactly what it is.

      5 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar
      Dkatsmeow

      They gave me a special lotion to use for the ratdiation to my neck. It is made specillay for radiation patients. I can't think of the name thouhgh

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Have you tried anything yet so you wont be so flaky? :-)

      I use pure raw cacao butter on my face. I mix it with shea butter for a lotion and I mix it with black seed oil for those special areas which were radiated.

      A company called, um, Sprunk Jansen has a ready made lotion to use for radiated areas. Of course for anyone currently being radiated, no oils or alcohols during the procedure please.

      I know you have other things on your mind, at current @GregP_WN but you likely also have time on your hands. Fingers crossed for a good outcome on all fronts.

      5 months ago
    • Ps8285's Avatar
      Ps8285

      I would try fresh aloe...refrigerate it...it’s noce and cool and I believe it works

      5 months ago
    • Danfan714's Avatar
      Danfan714

      Mine still does this to a much smaller degree than it used to. With as much damage as the radiation did to my neck(and I am certain yours as well), I will always have a dead skin flaking issue. I use moisturizer and it does come right off. It is especially prevalent in the creases where the scars are. There goes my modeling career...

      5 months ago

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