Question: How Long Do You Apply Fluorouracil Cream?

How much fluorouracil should I apply?

Adults—Use the 5% solution on the affected areas of skin two times a day.

Treatment may continue for several weeks.

Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor..

Does fluorouracil cream affect healthy skin?

This is a pre-cancerous skin growth caused by the sun. Fluorouracil reacts against the pre-cancerous sun-damaged skin but does not usually affect normal skin. It is a cream which is applied to the skin.

Can you shower when using fluorouracil?

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

What is the erosion stage of fluorouracil treatment?

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.

Does fluorouracil cause hair loss?

5-Fluorouracil 5-FU, Efudex: How to use this treatment When applied topically, it is not absorbed into the blood stream. Therefore it does NOT cause the typical chemotherapy side effects such as hair loss, etc. It is SAFE to your body.

How do I apply fluorouracil cream to my face?

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.

What do you put on skin after fluorouracil 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 using fluorouracil cream?

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.

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 you put makeup over fluorouracil cream?

You can apply a small amount of makeup 20 minutes after applying Efudix, as long as the skin is not broken or irritated. Should I continue with sunscreen? Sunscreen is a very important part of treatment for sun damaged skin, to help prevent further damage.

Does fluorouracil get rid of age spots?

Topical application of the chemotherapy medication fluorouracil appears to reduce potentially precancerous skin patches and improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology.

Can fluorouracil cream make you tired?

Skin irritation, burning, redness, dryness, pain, swelling, tenderness, or changes in skin color may occur at the site of application. Eye irritation (e.g., stinging, watering), trouble sleeping, irritability, temporary hair loss, or abnormal taste in the mouth may also occur.