Archive for July, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using a Healing Cream for Burned Skin

fire-12Our skin is one of the most important organs we have because of its many functions. The skin protects us from a constant influx of germs and environmental toxins. It also offers insulation, regulates moisture and temperature, tells our brains about different sensations, makes vitamin D, and does even more. It makes sense that the skin needs some attention and care when it’s recovering from a trauma like being burned. A healing cream used at the right time can help soothe, nourish and heal the skin when it is on the mend.

After a burn has healed, there is some continued skin care, which can help encourage skin to return to its healthiest possible state, minimize scarring and increase comfort.

First, you can apply a healing cream and massage the area. To choose a good healing cream, you’ll want to first consider the purpose of the cream (in this case, it’s to help skin after a burn has healed) and how long you will need it. You’ll also want to do some research on different products and take your own body’s special needs into account.

Some health and burn care centers recommend massaging the area with a healing cream for about ten minutes. You’ll want to press on the skin hard enough for it to turn white. Do this a few times a day in order to soften and flatten scar tissue.

In addition to direct, hands-on care, be sure to avoid bumping or scratching the skin. Since it has recently healed, the skin in this area is new and so more delicate and fragile than skin that has had time to develop and strengthen. Another part of caring for this new skin is to avoid sun damage by consistently applying SPF 30 sunscreen on the area that had been burned. You can further protect the skin from the sun’s rays by covering up with a hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants whenever possible.

Finally, wear loose fitting, soft, flowy clothes because tight or rough fabrics can rub the new skin too hard and irritate it.

Sometimes skin can itch as itis healing. If this is the case for you, you can try taking a cool bath, and continue applying the healing cream to keep your skin moisturized and supple. Do you best to avoid scratching yourself and wear pressure garments as advised by your healthcare provider, as these can minimize itching.

To help your body and skin repair for the damage, try to eat a diet higher in protein and higher in calories (within reason). Also, supplementation with zinc and Vitamin C has proven helpful in some cases.

If at any point you develop a high fever, or you find red around the edges or white bumps develop, or the skin breaks down where healing had occurred, then consult with your physician immediately. Or, contact your doctor if any other questions arise that will help you better understand the healing process and how you can care for yourself and your skin moving forward

Friday, July 18, 2014

Radiation Side Effects: How To Cope with Nausea

Nausea is a common side effect of radiation therapy. Within a few hours of receiving treatment, you may find that your radiation side effects: nauseastomach is upset and you may even have the urge to vomit. This does not mean that the cancer is getting worse or that the treatments are not working. You could just be experiencing one of the common radiation side effects.

Here are some tips to help you cope with nausea if you are experiencing it as one of the radiation side effects:

1. Go easy on your stomach. Eat smaller amounts more often, and chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Try to avoid foods that are heavy on spices or fats, as these can be a lot for your stomach to digest.

2. Try to eat when you don’t feel sick – perhaps several hours before or after your radiation treatment. This will help your body manage the food and digestive process better.

3. Some people find that salty foods and cold foods, along with ice cold drinks, can be helpful in keeping the stomach settled. Try both and see what helps you the most.

4. If you need to lie down, try keeping your head propped up above your stomach. Sometimes the moving around of stomach acid can lead to an upset stomach.

If you are indeed throwing up as a result of your radiation treatments, you may become dehydrated. Be sure to drink extra water and speak with your health care staff to make sure your body maintains an optimal level of fluids.

As always, if your symptoms seem extreme or give you reason for alarm, alert your doctor or nurse immediately.

Most radiation side effects such as nausea, will only be with you for a short while until a bit after you’ve stopped radiation and your body has had time to recover and regain balance. As long as you’re under the supervision of a healthcare professional, you should be in good hands. Just take it easy, take care of yourself and allow for more resting and slow moving days than you would if everything were normal.

You are in a healing process and its important to take good care of yourself and also to stay out of stress or judgment as much as you are able to.