Treating Your Skin
What can be used to sooth painful radiation burns, to moisturize dry, flaking skin and to promote the healing of damaged cells? Aloe vera gel is a very good natural remedy for burns and minor skin irritations, although the American Cancer Society does point out that research has shown aloe vera gel does not to protect against dermatitis after radiotherapy. It has cooling, soothing properties that can at the very least bring safe and natural relief. Be sure to use only pure aloe vera gel or simply go directly to the aloe plant for your gel.
Another natural remedy for burns from cancer treatment radiation is turmeric (curcumin), which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. In animal studies, when applied to the skin before radiation, turmeric helped to reduce burning, swelling and redness.
While the benefits of this natural substance are promising, talk to your doctor before applying to the skin. Meanwhile, adding some tumeric to your cooking can certainly improve your well-being without any conflict.
Your doctor can also provide a cream to use on your skin while going through radiation therapy. Be sure to ask about when to apply, how often, and if there are other acceptable alternatives to use, particularly after radiation therapy is finished, such as a calendula cream, emu oil or jojoba oil.
There are many ways to take care of and treat your radiation treatment burns. Be sure to take good care of your skin as it is in a very delicate state while cells are being damaged. Also keep in mind that the redness and blistering will heal. Eat a healthy diet, protect the skin, and use moisturizing agents according to your doctor's instructions.