How Long Should I Use Efudix On My Face?

Can I shower after applying efudex?

Do not use cosmetics or other skin medication on treated areas without first obtaining your doctor’s approval.

You can get your face wet in the shower.

However, it is advisable not to apply immediately before showering..

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 soon can I wash after applying efudex?

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 I wash my face 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.

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 good for wrinkles?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How long does it take for skin to heal after using efudex?

This can vary depending on the number of AKs and/or Bowen’s disease lesions you have and the duration of your EFUDIX® therapy. Generally speaking, your skin will begin to return to normal within 2 to 4 weeks of completing therapy.

How do you use Efudix on your face?

Apply the cream with a clean fingertip. If you are treating your whole face, use four pea-sized amounts of cream; one on the chin, each cheek and the forehead. For selected areas, just use one pea-sized amount of cream. Wash your hands after applying the Efudix cream.

What does the erosion stage of efudex look like?

These darker spots tend to pucker and may even begin to scab. Skin that has reached the erosion phase, in my experience, is no longer soft or supple looking. It appears stiff and hard – mask-like, if you will.

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.

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.

How do you know if efudex has worked?

Efudix Cream works by selectively destroying the abnormal cells that make up the AK patches in your skin, leaving normal, healthy cells mostly unchanged. During treatment your skin will become red and crust (caused by the abnormal cells dying) – this is normal and a sign that your treatment is working.