While you're undergoing radiation treatment, you may notice that the affected skin can change in color or becomes sore and dry. Some patients may react more than others and develop a rash in the area being treated. Depending on the location of the radiation, symptoms can vary. Taking care of yourself during radiation treatment is an important part of the healing process. By knowing what to expect and how to handle it, you can make it more manageable.
If you are receiving radiation for breast cancer, you may find that the upper inner corner of your breast can get more irritated than other areas. The angle of the radiation beam is parallel to the skin there and skims it, rather than going through it. This area has probably also received a good amount of sun exposure over the years, so it may take longer to heal from additional damage.
The skin under the fold of your breast is also sensitive and wearing a bra may aggravate it. In this region, the radiation beam skims across the skin too. The skin within your armpit tends to get more irritated than other areas because your arms will rub back and forth against it when you move. In addition, hair and sweat can exacerbate the problem.
If you've recently had chemotherapy or if your complexion is fair, you might also notice a more dramatic reaction to radiation. To prevent your skin reaction from becoming more serious, you need to manage your symptoms.
Even after you finish radiation, continue to use Milkweed Balm as needed. Your skin may take a few weeks or months to return to normal and the soothing properties of Milkweed Balm may help the healing process.