What Does The Erosion Stage Of Efudex Look Like?

Can you shower when using Efudix?

You can get your face wet in the shower.

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

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EFUDIX® is NOT to be used by women who are pregnant..

How effective is fluorouracil?

Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for the treatment of widespread multiple AK lesions has cure rates of more than 90 percent. The associated skin irritation, however, may lead patients to prematurely discontinue treatment.

How do you know when to stop using efudex?

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. The healing process is usually complete 1 to 2 months after the end of treatment.

How do I know when 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.

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.

Does efudex affect healthy skin?

The medication destroys sun damaged skin cells, but can also damage normal skin it comes into contact with, or cause skin irritation.

What is the erosion phase of efudex?

What is the Efudex erosion stage? Erosion is the end of your Efudex treatment. This is the point at which you and your doctor will together decide to cease application of the chemotherapy cream. Simply put, the cream has done all it can, and it’s time to begin healing.

How do I use fluorouracil on my face?

Apply fluorouracil topical to the affected area with the finger tips or a non-metal applicator, smoothing it gently onto the affected skin. Use enough to cover the entire area with a thin film. Caregivers who apply this medicine should wear rubber gloves.

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.

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).

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.

Do you rub Efudix cream in?

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.

How long does it take for skin to heal after fluorouracil?

If you are using fluorouracil to treat actinic or solar keratoses, you should continue using it until the lesions start to peel off. This usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks. However, the lesions may not be completely healed until 1 or 2 months after you stop using fluorouracil.

Can I wear makeup over fluorouracil?

Make-up can be worn if the reaction is mild, but should be avoided in the case of erosions and ulceration. Arrange for your dermatologist, family doctor, or skin cancer nurse to review you during treatment to check on progress and to determine how long to continue using fluorouracil cream.

What does your skin look like after using fluorouracil cream?

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.

What is the erosion stage of fluorouracil treatment?

Treated dysplastic lesions become red, scaly and tender over several days then erode or ulcerate with continued treatment. The more dysplastic the lesion, the more vigorous the response. Treatment should be discontinued at the eroding stage to allow re-epithelialisation over the next one to four weeks.