Question: When Can I Stop Using Efudex On My Face?

How soon can I wash after applying efudex?

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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..

How do you relieve efudex treatment?

Cold packs applied throughout the day help with the continuing itching, burning, and pain. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be alternated to help with pain and inflammation. Resist the urge to peel the skin. The skin will begin to erode away, dry, and peel.

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.

How effective is Efudix cream?

How useful is efudix? It is one of the most effective treatments we have for actinic keratosis. It has around a 75% chance of removing at least 75% of actinic keratosis from treated areas for one year. It can be an effective treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ (Bowen’s disease).

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.

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.

Can I use moisturizer with efudex?

Can I use moisturiser as well? Moisturiser may be applied 20 minutes after applying the Efudix cream. Please wash or clean affected areas as normal, but avoid products which may sting or irritate your skin. If your skin becomes too irritated with treatment (see page 5) please use a soap-free product to wash.

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.

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.

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 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.

Do you rub Efudix cream in?

How to apply the Efudix cream? Wash the skin with lukewarm water. After your skin is completely dry, apply a thin film of the cream to the affected skin and rub it gently onto your skin. Apply a small amount of medication to the affected skin, using just enough to cover the area with a thin film.

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.

Is efudex a form of chemotherapy?

Drug Type: 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 do you know if efudex is working?

When Efudix is applied to the skin, the following usually happens: A redness of the affected area (generally within 3 to 5 days) Followed by blistering, peeling, and cracking (within 11 to 14 days) with occasional open sores and some discomfort. The treated skin will then flake away.