Question: How Do You Apply Efudex To Your Face?

How do you know if efudex has worked?

The redness, crusting, and peeling you see are signs that EFUDIX® is working to eliminate the abnormal cells.

While you may find this stage of treatment to be unattractive and somewhat uncomfortable, it is important that you DO NOT STOP THERAPY without first obtaining your doctor’s approval..

When should I stop using Efudix?

Stop efudix if you experience a severe reaction (shortness of breath; swelling of your lips,face, or tongue; hives). Contact us if you have any problems during treatment. Any lesions that fail to resolve with efudix treatment should be re-examined.

When can I stop using efudex on my face?

Typically it takes 2-3 weeks for the face, 4-6 weeks for the scalp, arms and legs. The desired “end-point” of treatment is scaling, crust and redness at the treated site without a bump being present to indicate the lesion is still present. You can apply the Efudex with a Q-tip (if spot treating), gloves or fingers.

Will efudex remove age spots?

They said Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ cream Efudex, which is used to treat actinic keratoses, a precancerous form of squamous cell carcinoma, improved the appearance of skin, smoothing out rough spots and wrinkles, improving skin color, and erasing brown spots.

How do you know when to stop fluorouracil?

Erythema develops in several days. After continued application, the damaged skin becomes painful and inflamed with a beefy-red appearance with erosions and crusting. At this point, the medication should be stopped.

What does efudex do to healthy skin?

This medication is used on the skin to treat pre-cancerous and cancerous skin growths. Fluorouracil belongs to a class of medications known as anti-metabolites. It works by blocking the growth of abnormal cells that cause the skin condition.

How long does it take for Efudix cream to work?

After 2-4 weeks your skin will be red, crusty, and uncomfortable; this is what we want to happen. In some cases, such as for lesions on the backs of the hands, the body, or for basal cell carcinoma, it might take longer to get to this stage (4-6 weeks). The cream can then be stopped, to allow healing.

Can I use moisturizer with fluorouracil?

A moisturizer or sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 should be applied each morning. After two weeks of applying 5-fluorouracil 5% cream, stop using it for two weeks (or for the rest of the month).

What does the erosion stage of efudex look like?

Erosion, on the face, feels like having a mask on your face that you can’t remove. The same goes for the chest. The cream absorbs more and more quickly as the days go by, and the treated area stiffens, tugs and pulls when you move, and this can cause the burning sensations to temporarily intensify.

How long does it take for redness to go away after fluorouracil treatment?

Fluorouracil may cause redness, soreness, scaling, and peeling of affected skin after 1 or 2 weeks of use. This effect may last for several weeks after you stop using the medicine and is to be expected. Sometimes a pink, smooth area is left when the skin treated with this medicine heals.

Is there an alternative to Efudix cream?

Alternatives to Efudex Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is an alternative option. It uses light sources combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. The patient stays in the doctor’s office for an hour or more while the cream sinks in.

Is efudex a form of chemotherapy?

Efudex is an anti-cancer (“antineoplastic” or “cytotoxic”) chemotherapy drug. Efudex is classified as an “antimetabolite.” (For more detail, see “How Efudex Works” section below).

How effective is efudex?

Efficacy. The success rate of treating basal cell carcinoma with fluorouracil is approximately 90 percent to 93 percent3. And unlike surgery, Efudex is not likely to leave scars or permanently discolor patches of skin. Efudex cream achieves success rates similar to those of Aldara (imiquimod) cream.

How long should I use Efudix on my face?

How long to apply Efudix. Continue using Efudix for as long as your doctor has told you to. Continue treatment up until the ulceration stage, usually 3 to 4 weeks.

What should I put on skin after efudex treatment?

The day after your last Efudex application, begin moisturizing all treated areas with either Vaseline or Aquaphor Healing Ointment (over the counter). Apply frequently every day to keep skin soft. The treated area can be pink for several months and is more susceptible to getting sun burned.

Do you rub Efudix cream in?

Fluorouracil cream is applied once or twice a day after washing with plain water. A tiny amount of the cream should be gently rubbed into all of the treatment areas with a fingertip. It is important to apply it to all the skin and not just visible lesions.

How long after applying efudex Can I shower?

6. The area may be washed as you normally would with soap and water. Do not wash the face for at least three hours after Efudex (or Carac) application.

Can you shower when using efudex?

Wash with water and mild soap in the shower and do not rub the area. Patting to wash and patting to dry is preferred. The ten minutes following a shower or washing are key. The skin tightens and throbs much more so during healing than during treatment as it craves the Efudex.