The physician examining a radiodermatitis patient looks for the moist and dry areas, locating areas of tenderness of skin and checking for pain in the same, indicating acute infection, assessing the nature of the tissue involved (to get an idea of the degree of damage done), whether it is granular or necrotic, and looking for drainage of serous fluids, which could be an indicator for progressive damage. Apart from these, any other signs of infection, like fever, purulent drainage, pain and swelling in areas unexposed to radiation, are also checked for.
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