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Radiation Burn - What To Use?

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Kylez
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I am starting to get burnt with rads, and, I am using what my radiation oncologist told me to

use. What has anyone else used for the burn? Thanks!

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Noel
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Kylez, I used Biafine, but, I didn't burn. I just got a little pink in a couple of places. Nothing serious. Are you close to being done?

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chenheart
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The radiation center I went to had tubes of Aquaphor for the taking...I gooped it on liberally. My radiologist also wrote me a prescription for Hydrocortisone cream, as he told me the OTC brands wouldn't be strong enough. The burn didn't bother me so much as the Itching~ YIKES! But the hydrocortison helped a lot!

What helped me the most though was this: I got a natural sea sponge and Aveeno body wash (unscented, made with colloidal oatmeal). When I showered, I saturated the sponge with luke warm water, added the Aveeno and made bubbles, and gently squeezed it over the "affected" side, NEVER even touching my skin with the sponge. I patted myself dry, and liberally gooped myself with the Aquaphor. Whenever possible ( which was daily, as I did home caregiver service for an elderly woman) I went braless and wore old, soft BIG white t-shirts so as not to irritate my skin further.

Happy Healing to you~ it will be over soon!!

Hugs,
Claudia

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Alexis F
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My oncologist gave me the biafine too. I also use the aquaphor at night. It is really greasy, so, I don't want to use it during the day. Good luck!

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DianeBC
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How bad do you get burnt from radiation? I am to start it soon. thanks

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chenheart
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I didn't burn too badly at all~ but the radiation is cumulative, so be VERY gentle with your skin...see what I wrote above about Aveeno and natural sponges, etc.

Hugs,
Claudia

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CR1954
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Biafine here also. And yes, it is cumulative. I didn't start to burn until the last few treatments. That's also when my fatigue kicked in.

CR

mgm42
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Aquaphor and Biafine helped me, too. However, my rad onco gave me a cream that had lidocaine in it also along with a soaking powder. That stuff was GREAT! You prepare the solution, then soak a washcloth, wring it out, and place it on the affected area. It was terrific stuff. I've forgotten the name of it, but I'm sure the nurse will know what it is and give it to you. Hugs, Marilynn

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Kylez
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Thanks for all of this info. I will talk to my radiation oncologist tomorrow about using something different. I don't want to be burnt bad and for it to hurt a lot. And, my chest is tight, so, the aquaphor might help with that. Thanks again!

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Christmas Girl
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... Your rad onc definitely approves of anything else you might use. The rad equipment itself can vary, and certain products may either interfere with effectiveness and/or cause unwanted reactions.

Kind regards, Susan

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I used an Aloe cream as well as the aquaphor. They worked great. The one thing to remember, and I am sure your dr has told you, is to stay out of the sun while ungoing treatment. I was told to wear a wide brim hat and long sleeves if I wanted to go outside. I was also very tired after treatment, so I slept a lot. I liked to take a lukewarm bath after my nap, it was very relazing, and it helped my body to not feel so tight.

Wish you well.
dmc

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RE
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I had 16 weeks of rads and burned quite a bit, my doc gave me RADIA CARE GEL SHEETS by Carrington. It is a topical wound dressing for radiation dermatitis. They work wonders and give great relief. I was also give SD creme which is used for all types of burns and works quite well. I had a pressure cooker blow up on my arm and had second degree burns which the sd creme helped to heal quite quickly. My best to you.

RE

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I used Polysporin for the red area and Hydrocortizone (Prescription) for the worst areas.......for about 5 days..Then I was OK. Hope this helps. Jxxxxxxxx

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Jeanne D
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These are all good medications to use. It sounds like RE had it the

worse. Sorry RE. I used Biafine for the small burn I got and I used the Aquaphor at night

and still used it even after rads were done, because you are still cooking even after you are

finished, so, don't forget that. Good luck to you!

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Kylez
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I will talk to my doctor today about all of these. And, I won't use anything unless he says it is ok. And hopefully, the tightness in my chest is normal for radiation. Thanks again everyone!

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Kylez, I used biafine for the burn and I used the aquaphor later on in my treatment only at night. Like the others said, it is greasy and will ruin and stain anything you have on if you apply it. But, it is like petroleum jelly and keeps your skin moisturized. Just be gentle with your skin. And, rest, get lots of rest!

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My radiation oncologist told me to use pure aloe vera/the clear gell bottle. He said if it looked like I needed more, he would order a prescription Actually, I'm now putting it on my adhesive tape irritation I got on my upper thigh in the hospital when they had to catherize me during my hernia surgery. They did go ahead and take out the 2 lumps under my left arm pit. That alo was bothering me but isn't hurting like the hernia insision! It still hurts even with Vicodin!I have this binder I have to wear. Did you laidies who had mastectomies wear them after your surgery?

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dmc_emmy
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I used aquaphor (still have some left after 4 years--the stuff is fantastic). I also used an ahloe-vera cream daily, like lanie it was the clear gel. I started to use these before I burned and I think it may have helped me not burn too much. I think it will work even after the burning has started.

dmc

mommyrn
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I got REALLY bad burns. I tried the Aquapor and the prescript stuff, ended up making my own stuff. I used Aloe with Lidocaine, Vit. E, and Shae butter. Works pretty well, but remember to wash it off before Rad therapy. Also used spray Solarcaine a few times. My burn got so bad my Rad Onc. wanted to stop my treatments for a while to let my skin heal for a few weeks. I just wanted to get it over with. Now I have two treatments left.

heiditheeducator
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how many weeks of treatment did you have? Which dose?

When dd you notice the burns start?

I am worried. I don't know what to do.. I heard vit e before...

Doc says lotion each day which is done, but still have 11 more treatments to 5400 g/dose.

Rague
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My burn did not start til after last rad.  Day 24 had slight pink and Day 25 (last scheduled TX) was a little pinker but not bad at all.  The next morning I woke up to the entire radiated area being blistered.  I had 'religiously' done everything to care for the area throughout TX that Dr. wanted done.   The burns kept getting worse for a long time and nothing was working - I even used all my huge aloe plant to no good.  Thankfully the deepest of the burns were in the area where I have no feeling from surgery.  Silvadene/Sulfadene is commonly used for rad burn but I'm allergic to Sulfa drugs so not an option for me but was lucky to not get any infection even in the burns up the side of neck.  I was given the option of trying Domebro soaks before being set to a burn unit.  They worked greaat and I was finally heealed in all areas 4 months after end of rads.  Have some 'great' scars from the deepest of the burns (primarily under arm and around to back and up side of neck.

Remember that we are each unique so we all will not have the same experiences - the good and the bad - prepare/educate but do not assume you will have the same experiences as anyone else.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

 

 

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SIROD
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I think it would be better to ask this as a new question on a new post.   This post is nearly 4 years old and more than likely there is better options today.

It is always better to inquire from your radiation nurse/technician on what to use on your burns.  You want the best available today, not 4 years ago.

I had burns in my neck and the radiology department gave me something for the burns.  I've used vitamin E as a liquid on inverse psoriasis and it did absolutely nothing.  

Good luck to you, Heidi.

Doris

Rague
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Unfortunately  old threads have become popular to pull up recently.  4 yrs is a lot more recent than most are pulling up.

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Heidi,  Doris is right about the information and the best tools changing.  I had chest rads (44 rounds 2x/day) in april 2011.  I was pink o the first day, but little to no burning all the way through.  The rads onc recommended to have the area pristine clean for each treatment, then I put on aloe in the changing room, Eucerin daily lotion throughout the day, and aquaphor by Eucerin overnight.  Someone here recommended plain men's t shirts/no bra to wear...very soft, not irritating, good coverage for the sun, and good rags or trash when you are all done.  I wore them and it worked really well for me.

I did get a rads rash, the doc gave me a lidocaine ointment to use.  It worked well at stopping the itch, but not for very long with each application.

I also had whole brain radiation in the fall of 2012.  I had the same rads onc, this time they recommended calundula ointment (without alcohol).  It certainly worked better in my case.  I didn't even have pink until a week or so after it was all over.  When I reapplied the calendula at that time, the pink went away very quickly.  It's available at Whole Foods and most natural food stores.  I thought it was a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it.

One tip, ask exactly where to put the creams.  How far around your side?  How far across the midline?  Up the neck, and toward the belly button?  You don't want to miss a section because they weren't clear on where to apply.

Another tip (guess I can't count any more)...drink lots of water.  It's important to help your skin handle the rads, and flush the rads out of your system.  It will also help to battle the fatigue.

I hope this helps.

Hugs,

Linda

 

 

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