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Diseases & Conditions

Radiation Burn

Radiation burns are a result of exposure to radiation in such a degree that it causes burns on the skin or internal tissues.

Causes of Radiation Burn

The most common cause of radiation burn is sunburn, which is caused by ultraviolet radiation stemming from the sun.

Radiation burns can also be a result of certain medical procedures. For example, overexposure to X-rays can cause such burns, especially during the procedure known as fluoroscopy.

Less commonly, radiation burns may result from exposure to nuclear materials, either via fallout or being present at the site of a nuclear accident.

Appearance of Burns

Burns on the skin may appear similar to the more familiar kind which results from exposure to high temperatures. Redness and blistering may appear on the epidermis or dermis layers of the skin.

With chronic exposure, plaques may appear on the skin carrying an increased risk of carcinoma occurrence. Increased acne is another possible form of burn.

Treatment Plan

In order to treat radiation burn, it will first need to be treated like any other burn, by applying a dry dressing to reduce the chance of infection. Antibiotics or antimicrobials may be necessary to prevent infection from taking hold in the damaged tissue.

Medications to Treat Radiation Burn

We offer the following medications in the treatment of radiation burn.

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Tylenol
  • Aquaphor
  • Silvadene

Compounded Medications:

We can make lotions, gels, creams, ointments, rinses, emulsions, and oral rinses of the following:

  • Ketoprofen
  • Lidocaine
  • Misoprostol    
  • Phenytoin
  • Aloe Vera
  • Vitamin E
  • Collagen
  • Allantoin
  • Lanolin
  • Diphenhydramine
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