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Advice for ghastly radiation burns please?

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Re: Advice for ghastly radiation burns please?

That is; place the rolled up dressing over the mepilex to help seperate the best from the skin under it before placing a sling on. Someone will need to help with all this though.
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Keep the sores covered with Mepilex dressings at all times, just cleaning it nightly wuth sterile gauze and warm water; no washes or soaps. Dab the wounds-dont wipe. Once a clean dressing is on, roll up a sheet of 20cm by 20cm Zetuvit absorbant dressing pad and then try popping a normal arm sling onto your breast and tying off round the back of the neck, but place the material that's on the outer side of the affected breast under the armpit before tying off at the back of the neck. It's the longer edge which goes along under the Breast. The material left flapping over the Breast can be easily twisted by its point into the material across the front of the chest, secured with string tied tightly to stop it slipping. It's helped my mum.
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Hi, I to have a rads burn under my breast. I have had 3 types of cream from the hospital and doctor which didn't work. So i started using Propolis gel last week 2-3 times a day afer washing with Simple shower gel. My wound is now a quarter of the size and healing nicely. Hope this helps. Janet x

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Hi all

The BCC specialist clinical nursing team have looked at this thread and would advise any one having problems with burns after radiotherapy treatment to contact their radiotherapy unit for information and advice.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator.

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hi, I had burns too, mine came out about a week after having finished my radiotherapy, I had a large one under my arm, which was raw and felt like someone was dripping vinegar on it, obviously not able to use deodorant and the warm weather made it a lot worse, my GP gave me Fucibet cream (fusidic acid/betamethasone) 30g I applied it 3x a day after the first day it felt A LOT better by the third day the redness and soreness had almost completely gone, it is now not sore or red, it is worth giving it a try, it worked for me.

hope you get some relief its horrible I know, best wishes to you Liz xx

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Thanks for all your helpful suggestions. As you can see from my previous post my cry for help was made in the middle of the night as I couldn't get to sleep and I did as suggested and just spent the night lifting up my boob to the cold air of the fan. I must admit it did help and will do the same tonight. Wished I could have done it today but would have been arrested if I had wandered round Tesco with my boob in one hand and a fan in the other. lol

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hi chrissy, I was just thinking that something on those lines might work, or muslin squares from a baby shop cut up. I think i would put them all through the washing machine with no detergent first though.

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Hi

I am around 3 weeks post rads now and I had the same, a nasty rash first appeared UNDER my breast where the breast meats the chest and it turned into a very sore spot. It gradually opened up and it was oozing something. I did not put cream on it because it made it worse, but I did what the rads nurs told me and put a rolled up handkerchief (not used lol), a cloth cotton one, underneath and in between the folds. This worked for me and now it has cleared up. I also washed it in simple shower gel. I thought fort one minute I was going to get an infection, but it cleared up on its own. chris

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you might have a point there.

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Hey Drummer Girl

Talcum powder would be a no no I think- it would probably combine with the perspiration and go lumpy!

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Hi Isablyn

Just a thought, but how about doing as JulieD suggests to make sure that the area under your breast is quite dry then putting a Mepilex dressing onto the burn. The Mepilex dressings I have are 10 x10 cm (that's 4in x 4in - in the old money) they stick on by themselves and you can leave them for a day or two depending on the amount of exudate. That way you could wear a bra as the area would be protected. I have found that very successful as I'm also one of the Droopy Breast Brigade- I don't have burns there but the skin is quite sensitive. I have found putting a dressing corner to corner the best way, ie so that there is a "triangle above the crease and a triangle below" - finding it hard to describe what I mean. If necessary you could put two dressings on if the area is too large for one, I don't know what other sizes they come in. Moist wound healing is the way to go these days.

All the best Diana

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not sure about that OAL ? my tumor was on the side of my boob I think its the way the rays are aimed from the two different directions my 'bit or strip' under my boob has gone so dark now & seemed more dried out than the reast Ill be a week post Rads tomorrow & its starting to fad a bit on the boob area but the underneath bit I can see being the last part to fade .. it is strange I must admit.
LOL Julie if the neighbours are looking then shame on them AIRING it definately at night been laying with just a sheet window open fan going so mines getting alot of air

Isablyn I hope you soon start to get ontop of it & start to get relief & feel better

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OAL, I know what you mean about getting air on it there, I'm big busted and found that getting air to it did help but it wasn't a pretty sight - I'd lay topless on my bed and gently support the breast upwards so air could circulate! Thank goodness the neighbours couldn't see!!!
xx

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Hi Isablyn

Welcome to the forums. Sorry to hear you're suffering with the rads burns. Could I suggest you give the helpline here a ring the nurses may be able to suggest something that will help you. The helpline is open again tomorrow, Monday at 9am - 5pm, calls are free, 0808 800 6000.

Hope this helps.

Jo, Facilitator

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there seem to be a few posts about bad burns under the breast. is that from women whoes cancer were low down in the breast. Or is it from people like me who are less than perky and gather sweat there?? People say getting the air to it help, well I am never going to get air under there.

I wonder if baby powder would help if you used it before the burns start?? probably a daft idea but I will discuss it with my nurse next week. Another question to add to the list.

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Have just finished rads and have bad rad burns under my breast. As I am 77 my boobs are no longer perky and really hurt in the crease underneath which has lost skin and is so raw and sore and sweaty. Has anyone ever heard of a sling of some kind which can lift your boob up from rubbing against the skin on my chest and underside of boob. My GP has given me Timodine which would appear to be an excellent product but cannot see how skin can grow back and heal with skin being covered, Bra is out of question as bottom edge right on soreness Any help appeciated Thanks

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Another vote for Mepilex - the rads ward recommended it and gave me the name to ask my GP for a prescription - they didn't have nay big enuf for my toasty bits!!

Good luck all - it does clear, and I don't have any hair in my armpit 18 months after rads so 1 good efffect!!

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So sorry you have been burned I was also but the district nurse came every day to dress them and she brought Safetac dressings which protected them and a very cooling gel and with a light bra or a tight t-shirt to keep them in place we managed fairly well.
Strangely enough once it started to heal it went away very quickly leaving silvery marks. But I am still very angry about being so badly burned and my skin is still very dark where it was radiated in January.
Best of luck,
Nan

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I burned badly and eventually got the actiform cool gel sheets which were heaven ,cool to put on and neat to use.
Good luck!
Dot
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hi , try washing gently with baby soap, dry with either a fan or cool blowing hair drier, and let the air get 2 it as much as possible, lock your door and draw the blinds and go topless all day, i found these things helped xx angie