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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is radiation dermatitis?

This refers to skin inflammation caused by exposure to radiation.

Symptoms of radiation dermatitis

  • History of radiation therapy

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

  • Hair loss

  • Skin hardening

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

Questions your doctor may ask to check for radiation dermatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose radiation dermatitis

  • Have you ever received radiation therapy?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have any symptoms on the skin of your stomach, chest or back?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for radiation dermatitis

Avoid sun exposure, harsh soaps and strong perfumes. Moisturizers and steroid creams can help. The radiation oncologist should be informed to see if radiation treatment should be modified.

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