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Any suggestions for relief? I'm on the 17th of 28 rads. My skin is burning and itching all over the treated area. I was given Silvadene and told to only use that. This is painful and driving me crazy.

Connie Logan Profile
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Stage 2B Patient almost 8 years
 
  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I had second degree burns and the measle looking rash. Aquaphore helped me more than anything. For the actual burnt places that split open my onc gave me some purple stuff to "paint" into the cracks. It helped a lot. That was a rough time for me but by the grace of God, I made thru it and I am on Tamoxifen.
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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I wonder what the purple stuff was. I'll ask my doctor tomorrow. Thanks. We're they afraid of infection at all? It's a large area of skin to be exposed and I worry about that.

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes, infection was a possibility but thank goodness the purple stuff and Aquaphor helped it heal fast.

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    Survivor since 2012
    Bless your heart!!! I couldn't stand anything but soft cotton on my chest. Because my partial mast was at the bottom half of my breast I didn't suffer with the sag and burning in the crease so I went braless. :-) stay cool and make sure all ointments are washed off before each treatment or you'll fry like an egg. Get ok from radiologist for anything you do. If you're 60 or older Benadryl has a warning for us. Cumulative effect- can produce hallucinations in some. That might not be do bad if he's tall, dark and handsome. HA HA!! Hope you get relief . Jo
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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      He's a she! But my plastic surgeon is gorgeous. (hope they don't read these things!). And I think between chemo and the rashes I got from it and now this I have probably taken enough Benadryl to float a boat. And I am 67. Maybe the itch and...

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      He's a she! But my plastic surgeon is gorgeous. (hope they don't read these things!). And I think between chemo and the rashes I got from it and now this I have probably taken enough Benadryl to float a boat. And I am 67. Maybe the itch and burning is a hallucination!

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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Oh I forgot...I don't have the discomfort in the crease under the breast. It is towards the top and down the middle and now under my arm. It even went through to my back. Wonder how my insides are doing since it seems to be going through me!!

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      Survivor since 2012

      My underarm was my hotspot. How many rads did you have?

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      Survivor since 2012

      Wow, Connie. Just read your bio.Similar to mine. I had IDC grade one, 2.7 cm tumor left breast but no node involvement. My hotspot was under my arm and on the side of my breast-that skin on skin thing. You had a pretty heafty dose of radiation I...

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      Wow, Connie. Just read your bio.Similar to mine. I had IDC grade one, 2.7 cm tumor left breast but no node involvement. My hotspot was under my arm and on the side of my breast-that skin on skin thing. You had a pretty heafty dose of radiation I hope you're improving. Had my mammo Feb 1 this year but I knew it was cancer before I got the path. Techs did too they just tried to do a good job at hiding their concern. Hope your next round of hallucinations includes cool, smooth skin, good food and a tall soothing drink of your choice.

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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Jo, do you think this may be too much radiation, just your personal reaction. I still have 11 to go and am dreading it. If my skin gets any worse I don't know how I can stand it. And having it go through to my back is worrying me.

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      Survivor since 2012

      I ask my radiologist how he came to the number 16 and he told me it had to do with the pathology of my tumor, having clean margins and nodes, and the amount of breast tissue the radiation would have to penetrate. I have what he called a normal...

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      I ask my radiologist how he came to the number 16 and he told me it had to do with the pathology of my tumor, having clean margins and nodes, and the amount of breast tissue the radiation would have to penetrate. I have what he called a normal size breast-c cup 62 year old less dense breast than younger women and a third of that removed so the actual tumor bed was not concealed by the breast. When my oncotypeDX came back low recurrence and no chemo, that may have tipped the scales. He told me some women actually have so much breast tissue to penetrate that can affect the # of treatments. I hate to hear you're suffering so. I began the measle rash, slight itichy and got the tanned box by the end of treatment. Ended rads June 4 and still can't get hot or the measle rash pops out. Got a few tiny clear blisters but nothing like Kaye. Hang in there. I'm sure the doctor weighed your case carefully. You'r almost there. God Bless. Jo ;-D

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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I had itching during my radiation. My oncology nurse recommended lubriderm unscented and aloe.
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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      That seems easy. I'll try it. Maybe it's the easiest and less expensive one that actually works. Thanks

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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I cam't say enough of lindiskin soothing balm. I'm sure people think I work for them but I don 't. lindiskin worked when nothing else worked. I tried everything it ether didn't work or gave me a rash on top of everything else. Www.lindiskin.com
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      Survivor since 2012

      I'm done with my treatment but going to get some just to try. You make a great rep :-D

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just know I love it. The 3 plastic surgeons that I interviewed were very happy skin. During treatment I could wear a bra comfortable. I still use the products

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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I did get the Lindi Skin balm. I waited patiently for it to rescue me but it didn't do it. I'm going to try again. Maybe I did something wrong or didn't wait long enough. I also got a sample of their lotion which feels good when I put it on but...

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      I did get the Lindi Skin balm. I waited patiently for it to rescue me but it didn't do it. I'm going to try again. Maybe I did something wrong or didn't wait long enough. I also got a sample of their lotion which feels good when I put it on but the itch came back too. I really could cry!!

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Im so sorry!!! This just proves this journey is very idividual. I've heard emu oil works too.

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  • shen cruces Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient
    I'm using calendula ointment that I got from the health food store. So far so good but I am only at the beginning of treatment. I heard good things about it. I was also able to find calendula soap.
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  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I used Miaderm, it is great!
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    • Connie Logan Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Never heard of miaderm but I'm going to look for it. I'll end up with my own drugstore!! Thanks.

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  • L Parker Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I used Miaderm too. It's made specifically for radiation treatment. You need to use it is soon as possible and even after treatments end.
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