Sunburn-like skin changes

The skin involved in radiation may become dry, sore, and more sensitive to the touch. The skin can start to peel or blister. Your skin reaction can become more serious if the exposed area is not treated and infection develops. Your radiation oncologist can work with you to help you manage any of these signs or symptoms. Fortunately, the skin irritation caused by radiation is temporary.

The effects on your skin may continue to worsen for another week or so after treatment has ended, but then your skin will begin to improve. The deep redness and the sensitivity should go away over the first weeks after treatment. The skin will take somewhat longer to completely return to its natural color. If you are white, you may find that the treated area looks tanned or slightly pinkish for up to 6 months after your last session of radiation. If you are black, your skin may be tanner and less red. Your skin can become very dark.



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