Quick Answer: What Is A Good Moisturizer To Use After Efudex Treatment

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..

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.

Can I shower after applying efudex?

You can get your face wet in the shower. However, it is advisable not to apply immediately before showering.

Does efudex make you tired?

Other than changes to the skin, potential side effects of Efudex include: trouble sleeping. irritability. temporary hair loss.

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

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. If you are using fluorouracil to treat basal cell carcinoma, you should continue using it until the lesions are gone.

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 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.

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).

What should I put on my face 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 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.

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).

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 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.

How long does it take to heal from efudex?

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.