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Carac Vs Efudex
Very: The majority of small and even intermediate basal cell cancers can be cured by applying EFUDEX (fluorouracil). The resulting erythema is secondary to destruction of local suppressor cells in the tumor field and influx of effector cells to destroy the tumor. The EFUDEX (fluorouracil) is applied locally for 10 days followed by 10 days of A&D ointment May repeat if needed. ...Read more
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What treatment is preferred treatment for diffuse actinic keratoses:
Photodynamic Therapy/Laser/ or Chemical Peel for short recovery / no scaring?
Both work well: Many dermatologists use liquid nitrogen (cold therapy) first. Discuss it with your doc and see what he/she feels most adept at doing. ...Read more
Visibility: Cryo and laser are used to reattach retinas and deal with bleeding. Cryo is a little cruder but can be used when there is a lack of direct visibility. It is applied outside the eye directed to the inside. Laser requires a visible pathway, is more precise and is applied to the inside. Your retinal surgeon will decide which is best for your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrinkle treatments: Chemical peels and lasers may be used to treat wrinkles. Different peels and lasers will treat at different depths of the skin. The deeper the treatment, the longer the recovery and the greater the risk for complications to occur. Microdermabrasion will help give a "fresh" appearance to the skin but will likely not significantly improve wrinkles. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Skin rejuvenation: There are different ways to rejuvenate the facial skin to reduce the skin damage caused by time and the sun. A facial is usually a light exfoliation that removes the most superficial layers . Various chemical peels can cause superficial or somewhat deeper treatments. Different types of lasers can also be used to rejuvenate the facial skin. Talk to your doctor to see what's right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the advantages/disadvantages of imiqunoid vs surgical excision to treat differentiated VIN 2?
Imiquimod 5%: offers a noninvasive treatment for VIN. A major advantage over the potential scarring, deformity, and/or recovery from surgery. It provides complete resolution in ~75% cases. There is a ~25% risk of disease recurrence. Imiquimod works by prompting your immune system to fight the cancer. The inflammatory response to imiquimod can result in topical side effects, requiring breaks in treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better ???: There are NO comparative studies. Both may or may not help you. ...Read more
A moisturizing cream: Cream is a general term for a moist preparation topically applied to protect, deliver medication, or hydrate. An emollient is a type of cream that acts as a moisturizer to the external layers of the skin to make it softer and more pliable. They are usually made up of multiple compounds that help preserve the water content of the skin. ...Read more
No: Stereotactic surgery is usually a minimally invasive procedure using x-ray and computers to locate a spot or lesion to perform a needle biopsy through a very small incision. Gamma knife is a non-invasive procedure to deliver very carefully a high dose of radiation therapy with specialized equipment to treat a lesion or tumor with no incision. ...Read more
Same creams?: Nope. They have slightly different chemical formulas. However, they are used to treat the same types of conditions. ...Read more
Conventional diode laser vs pascal for retina. Any difference in therapeutic efficacy? Like pascal leads to less burns from laser?
Depends laser MD: The pascal theoretically causes less damage with computer generated patterns. Energy is more precise, delivered in a more preset pattern. Ower and time settings (equal to total energy delivered) tend to be less. Its wavelength 577 is absorbed by blood and the rpe. Diode is a higher wavelength and is absorbed by the rpe and choroid-the burns tend to be wider. In micropulse mode they're equal. ...Read more