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Carac Vs Efudex
Male, 60, used carac (5-fu) for 4 weeks for many, minor actinic keratoses. A couple of mos. Later, many returned. Should I use it again? How long?
I have applied Carac cream to my face for 1 week now. My Rx says 2-6 weeks. When should I stop applying it? My face is blotchy and irritated.
Common: It sound like you are being treated for precancerous facial lesions (actinic keratosis or solar keratosis) which if left untreated can progress to squamous cell carcinoma. There are a variety of treatments for this, and you've been prescribed one of them. Usually the topical treatment lasts for 6 weeks (your Doctor will tell you how long). The involved areas of your face will get noticeably red. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Efudex (fluorouracil): Efudex = fluorouracilGet a more detailed answer ›
What is the recovery time post efudex cream use on one's face? My husband has used it for 18 days, twice a day. His last application was this morning.
Efudix should be use twice a day to the face for approx. 3 weeks or until scabbing occurs on the spots affected on the face. Once done with treatment, it usually takes 1-2 weeks to heal.
A product like Eucerin Aquaphor balm can be used to help speed up healing and helps the scabs fall off quicker. ...Read more
Is 14 day carac cream treatment worth doing? I've been approved by my Dr. Who treated me for 2 small peeling AK areas. Any treatment advice?
Fluorouracil: This is worth doing if you have quite a few skin changes due to the sun - actinic keratoses, hyperpigmentations etc. It is not an easy treatment and can cause some discomfort and temp cosmetic changes. The ultimate result however, is nice and the skin will be rid of any of above changes and is usually quite smooth! Do not do if you have any social events or work presentations etc upcoming! ...Read more
Non existent: Efudex cream is an excellent agent for treating superficial malignant lesions of the skin. When applied q evening it results in a marked erythema around the skin, basal cell or squamous cell Ca. This is not an allergy but effector cells moving to the tumor site after Efudex has eliminated the cutaneous suppressor cells. After 10 applications A&D ointment used for an additional 10 applications ...Read more
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.
Consult your doctor with any of these side effects. ...Read more
No one answer.: Scars of any kind need to be carefully evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon skilled in multiple techniques and treatment options for scar revision. Regardless of the original cause of the scar, a scar may be visible due to one or more of the following reasons: color, texture, or shadows created by mismatched edges. Treatment recommendations will depend on the nature of your scars. ...Read more
Minimal: You should not use effudex (5-fu chemo cream) on a melanoma lesion. The only curative treatment is surgical resection of skin melanoma in early stage. If you have advanced disease, you should talk wth your oncologist regarding treatment options such as interleukin-2, ipilimumab, vemurafenib or a clinical trial. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
? how used: Efudex (fluorouracil) or 5FU cream is applied to certain superficial skin malignancies. If eliminates suppressor cells and allows effector cells to enter and destroy tumor such as basal cell tumors. It should be used daily for 10 days followed by Vit A&D ointment for 10 days to eliminate red rash. Latter may be repeated. ...Read more
Just diagnosed with precancerous squamish cell cancer. On efudex (fluorouracil). What else should I do? I am male, balding, 64, live in ottawa, canada.
Easy to handle: Squamous precancers are called actinic keratoses and often (but not always) result from sun exposure. Efudex (fluorouracil) is hugely effective in changing their environment so they usually just go away without danger to you. They'll kill only if badly neglected. Here in the states, balding guys like to wear ball caps. Have somebody keep an eye on your head and other sun-exposed places as you'll likely get more. ...Read more
Efudex (fluorouracil) script for face and forehead, twice per day for two or three weeks. When do I know to stop applying? Can I use aquafor during application?
Try 3! Stop w/pain.: Efudex (fluorouracil) targets pre-cancerous skin lesions for destruction. It is common to experience redness, irritation and erosions with use, particularly at the pre-cancerous sites. Generally speaking, 3 weeks is the recommended course unless the pain from use is severe. Moisturizers are helpful but aquafor has lanolin which may cause an allergic reaction itself. Try vaseline if you experience this. ...Read more