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I've done 21 rads with 12 to go and have rather large breasts. Now I've blisters in fold between breast and chest that are very raw and sore. I'm slathering on lotion and trying to keep fold separated. Anyone have any advise to get some comfort?

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    anónimo
    Stage 2B Paciente
    Hello Nikki, So sorry to hear that. I finished my rads end December, and because I was so afraid of blisters, this is what I did: Slathered my boob (not tiny ones either) with 100% Aloe (cannot contain alcohol), and literally aired my boob (I was alone at the house and would watch TV and cover my upper body with a very loose blanket) DO NOT WEAR A BRA - trust me on this one - I did not for 8 weeks and it was the best thing I could do!!! The bra does not let the "heat" from rads escape and your chest needs air circulation Wore 2XXL big t-shirts, so air can circulate Once you have developed blisters, use or ask your oncologist for: SSD cream; 1% Silver sulfadiazine cream (my cost was $56.00) but it will HEAL those blisters very very quickly, silver is a natural antibiotic and will help. Other ladies said AQUAPHOR, I never used that, I only used 100% Aloe (I used 1 tub a day, that is how much I slathered on, let it dry, put on some more) Old t-shirts, no harm done. The silver cream is not too messy either and really helps and disinfects. Take an old sock, fill it with STARCH, roll and tape it up (like a sausage) and gently put it under your breast - the starch does not do any harm, but soaks up the body sweat - and helps to keep this sensitive area dry. Also lay on your couch (if you can) with arm up above your head (good against lymphedema, and airs that area) Sorry if my answer is long winded, but my skin looks fabulous, because I went overboard on "pampering" it. BTW if you use the silver cream, and continue your radiation, your skin will discolor, I had one white boob and one black book, and they lived in harmony (ebony and ivory, sorry I can't resist)..... the dark skin faded quickly after radiation, so don't panic. Don't hesitate to ask more questions. Best of luck and gentle hugs :) Radiation Girl Drink that water!!!
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thanks!!!!

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      anónimo
      Stage 2B Paciente

      You are welcome Nikki. One thought about vinegar soaks, they might dry out your skin, vinegar is a natural antibiotic as well, but when you use vinegar soaks make sure you moisturize a LOT!!! You will do fine, but make sure you are proactive!!...

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      You are welcome Nikki. One thought about vinegar soaks, they might dry out your skin, vinegar is a natural antibiotic as well, but when you use vinegar soaks make sure you moisturize a LOT!!! You will do fine, but make sure you are proactive!! Good luck :) Radiation Girl

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      anónimo
      Stage 0 Paciente

      I am starting rads tomorrow! This is all good advice, but how did you leave your house without a bra? I don't know how I will be able to hide the fact that I am not wearing one if it becomes uncomfortable!

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      anónimo
      Stage 2B Paciente

      Hi Rhonda,
      Nobody saw that I was braless, I wore twinsets, and bought XL so the clothing was not tight at all. I still looked together and fashionable. The bra thing is so important, and it was not really important to me if people noticed I had no...

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      Hi Rhonda,
      Nobody saw that I was braless, I wore twinsets, and bought XL so the clothing was not tight at all. I still looked together and fashionable. The bra thing is so important, and it was not really important to me if people noticed I had no bra or not. At first it's a bit weird, like you are missing something, but after 1 week or so it's liberating :) Rad Girl

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      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Thanks Rad Girl!!

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    anónimo
    Stage 1 Paciente
    I finished 30 rads mid-Dec. I did get some burns and was raw & wore. My oncologist recommended a vinegar soak,which really felt wonderful for the burning. 1 T white vinegar to 1 pint water. Soak about 15 minutes,up to 4 times day. I used aquaphor at night..and also eucerin lotion. I agree,NO bra. My onco nurse had me roll pillow cases under books so help 'prop' & let air to that area. I had rads on both sides/bilateral lumpectomy. Good luck. It does get better fast after treatments over.
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      anónimo
      Stage 1 Paciente

      Oops.few typos above. Was raw & sore and put rolled pillow cases under 'boobs'.

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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    My dr is having me use cornstarch baby powder liberally and Aquaphor. No bra is working best for me too. I was getting a little bit of a red line at the bottom edge. The rare times when I have to go out and do feel like I need to wear a bra they are having me cut a long strip of gauze pad and tuck that in between my skin and the elastic bottom band.
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    anónimo
    Stage 2A Paciente
    When I started to blister and get raw my doc gave me a script for a steroid cream that helped a lot...
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    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    If u can get a hold of an aloe plant...that would be all u need. Cut it on both side and slap it on there. Worked for me, thank God.
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