Skin in general may often be linked to beauty. Do you know that skin is much more than that? Skin is an important organ of the body and makes up the biggest organ that a human has. Skin helps to protect humans from potential injury, maintaining body moisture and for humans to be able to sense things around them through touches. A health screening can be a great way to understand how healthy your skin is. There are many conditions that could lead to an unhealthy skin, one of the causes is radiation burns.

Radiation burns are actually a common side effect of radiation therapy. This therapy is usually targeted to treat cancer. Apart from therapy, radiation is used for diagnosing purposes and to treat other medical conditions. However, these procedures typically just emit small amounts of radiation and are less likely to cause radiation burns such as in cancer treatment through radiotherapy.

Sunburn and radiation burns share similar symptoms or signs to the skin. Redness, itching, burning, sore skin, peeling and blisters is common for people with radiation burns. Reddening of the white skin or darkening of the darker skin such as black or brown is quite common too. Ironically, radiation burns effect to the skin is the same as thermal burn. In short, a person with radiation burn might be having first-, second- or third-degree burns.  First degree burns cause the skin to look red, dry with moderate pain or itchiness to the affected skin site. Second degree burns cause the skin to become red, moist skin with blisters of variety sizes and pain can get worse or severe. Third degree burns resulted in a wet ulcerated affected site.

The burns typically exhibit in the first two weeks of treatment. Differences with thermal burn and radiation burns are that a thermal burn may take weeks for a skin lesion to appear, in contrast with thermal burn which is often immediately presented after in contact with an object that is hot in temperature.

Other effects of radiation burns include tiredness or fatigue. These conditions may not be affecting everyone with thermal burn and it can last more than weeks, even months. This effect is easily countered through rest and leading a healthy lifestyle such exercises to help build energy and improve the muscle. Another effect is nausea or vomiting. This effect is usually common when the radiotherapy is targeted to treat areas around the stomach or brain. This is why doctors often prescribed medicine such as antiemetic drugs to help curb this symptom before a therapy. It is alright to have food that Is prepared by someone else yet is the way you like it because eating enough food is essential for your body to keep sustaining and being nourished. Sometimes a radiation burn might lead a person to get flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle or joint ache and lack of energy.

Getting radiation therapy may cause great anxiety and worries due to the fact that radiation itself could potentially cause the radiation burns and possibly lead to other forms of cancers due to the radiation effect. Fret not, healthcare professionals are trained to provide the best to treat your medical condition and it is always alright to ask or discuss with them if you have any doubt. You have to avoid causing further irritation to the burned area such as rubbing or scratching and wear loose clothes made of soft, smooth material. If you are thinking of using skin care products on the affected area, do consult with your doctors as some products may cause further damage to skin that is already compromised.