A radiation burn is a side effect of radiation therapy. It is also referred to as radiation dermatitis or X-ray dermatitis. Although radiation burns look and feel like a burn it is actually damaging to skin cells as the radiation passes through the skin. The skin needs time to restore itself and gradually over time, it becomes painful, inflamed, and irritated. It can take several weeks before it returns to normal. Before and during therapy various supportive care measures may be used to help soothe the redness, itching, and pain. Learn More About Radiation Skin Care.
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