EFUDEX PICS AND JOURNAL
DAY 8 EFUDEX TREATMENT
DAY 8 OF EFUDEX TREATMENT- Tight and burning and dry. Still applying aloe.
DAY 10 of the two week Efudex treatment. Aloe burned now. Stopped using it. The Aquaphor was a bitch to wash off, and the water felt like needles so I stopped using that as well. Now I'm using a refrigerated ice pack (the soft gel kind) to help the burning and itching. My sister got an infection while using Efudex, so just as a precaution I use rubber gloves (the thin latex kind). It also, for some reason, seems to not hurt as bad than when I used my fingers. I took some advice from my dr and applied the Efudex in a dimly lit room, just enough to see my face (so I'd know where I'm applying it), but not enough to see the details. Apparently studies have shown that one's perception of pain is increased when they can actually see the severity of the injury (or wound, or whatever...)
DAY 11 of the two week Efudex treatment. Only three days left! Not looking so good. Face burned like hell when rinsing off the Aquaphor. Don't think I'll be using that anymore for a while.
Day 12 of Efudex treatment. DAY 12 - Using cold compresses and as little Aquaphor as possible. The cold feels good when it's on, but once you take it off, it stings a lot. A lot of stinging in the apples of my cheeks.
DAY 14 - THE LAST DAY! - Skin still smooth but very tender and red. Lots of tightness and itching. Some burning. This is the last day of Efudex, except for my forehead, which I will continue applying for a few more days. That's where I had the most sun damage.