Quick Answer: How Long Should I Use Efudex On My Face?

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..

Will efudex remove age spots?

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.

How do you know when efudex has worked?

While you are using EfudixA 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.Some redness of the skin will continue for some time after Efudix is stopped.

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 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.

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 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.

How long does it take for Efudix cream to work?

Sometimes it can take several weeks after treatment with Efudix has stopped before you see any improvement in your condition. When Efudix is applied to the skin, the following usually happens: A redness of the affected area (generally within 3 to 5 days)

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.

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.

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).

Does efudex affect normal skin?

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

When should I stop using Efudix cream?

It will also help you remember when to use it. 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.

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.