EFUDEX PICS AND JOURNAL
Frequently Asked Questions & Some General Info...
I decided to compile this list after receiving a lot of emails asking about the same few things, so I just wanted to clarify.
If you don't see your question answered, pls see my email link at the bottom of the page & contact me!
When did you do this treatment?
How long did you apply it for?
What, if anything, should I have before starting treatment?
Did you apply Efudex to your entire face/chest, or just do spot treatment?
How long did it take you to "look normal" again?
Are you glad you did it?
Did you see much improvement after you were all healed?
Keep in mind- everyone is different! Some people seem to have a lot more itching & pain than I did. I used Aristocort, a steroid cream prescribed by my doctor, to help with the discomfort. Also, the timing can be completely different. My sister did two weeks also and she didn't have a reaction as quickly as I did- hers didn't get really red until maybe the end of the second week, whereas by day 7 I had a ton of redness - See pic. I didn't go out after that :)
I did NOT wash my face while I was applying the Efudex (this was after I stopped wearing make up) and was told there was no need to do so. The reason I had asked her was it reached a point where washing my face with water felt like I was putting acid on my skin. It was dreadful. When using the Aquaphor, I would only apply a light layer and by the next morning (or that night), it would be absorbed. In case you aren't familiar with Aquaphor it has the same active ingredient as Vaseline, so is very greasy. My dr instructed me to apply the Efudex, wait 10 minutes for it to absorb, then apply a light layer of Aquaphor. I read on some other journals that people were told to wait 1 hour. I did what my dr recommended, and he said 10 minutes is fine. I remember a couple of days before the end I came out after doing my nightly application and said to my mom, "I don't think I can this anymore". But, I hung in there. And you can too, Also, I think that my doctor having prescribed Aristocort (a topical steroid, the generic is triamcinolone) really helped with the itching and burning & I might not have made it the entire two weeks without it. I would not even consider doing this again unless I had that on hand, even if you don't plan on using it, if it does get to the point where you think the itching and burning is intolerable, the triamcinolone is a lifesaver.