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lotions for skin burns

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My husband starts his first of 35 radiation treatments today...should he be putting lotion on before he gets any kinds of burns on his neck or only after any irritation occurs?

What lotions/medications have you been prescribed for the radiation burns?


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The techs where your husband receives his radiation can probably suggest a particular lotion and the best time to apply it. I used Aquafor after every zap. I was cautioned not to apply it immediately prior to treatment. Worked really well...no burns. My best to you and your husband. Rich

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We were told to use pure aloe only. It is best to do it immediatly after the treatment and make sure the area is clean and dry before treatment. Some ingredients can cause severe reactions and the radiation is bad enough.

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My Rad Oncol suggested it and I had also talked to other Rad patients that had used it. I used it AFTER treatments religously and never had more than a mild sunburn effect.

Sounds crazy perhaps, but it really worked for many of us. And no, I don't sell it or have stock in anyone who does. JK

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When the treated area got really bad we started using Biafine which we got from the radiation dept...it worked wonders on clearing up the 'bad' area after we finished (even though it said apply 2x daily I did it 3-4x daily!) and after it cleared up we went back to the pure aloe jelly, which he says soothes the area. He still has some major skin damage on the side where the good tissue was...don't know if there's anything to clear that up???

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