Actinic Keratosis (sunspots)
Inflamed, sore, blistered skin after treatment with Efudix for Actinic Keratosis (sunspots)
Efudix for Actinic Keratosis (sunspots)
Efudix cream (or Flurouracil cream) is commonly prescribed for the treatment of Actinic Keratosis (sun-spots that are the first stages of skin cancer, also known as Basal Cell Carcinoma's or BCC's or in situ Squamous Cell Carcinoma's).
Treatment duration is usually 3-4 weeks for Actinic Keratosis, and 6 weeks for Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ. The affected area usually gets inflamed, red, sore and blistered.
How bad can the reaction from using Efudix Cream be?
It is pretty uncomfortable, like a very, very bad sunburn, for the 4-6 weeks of the treatment. Moving the facial muscles or laughing can be quite painful.
It is usually not to bad for the first 5-7 days. Then it gets very red and sore. The skin can become cracked and often there can be ooze. If you are concerned about the possibility of infection you should talk to your doctor. Some people may take 1-2 weeks off work to recover from the reaction.
We have found that applying the Propolis Balm twice a day after the Efudix treatment helps to heal the open sores, and reduces the redness and inflammation so skin is nearly normal after 5 days. If you have very severe sores, with oozing and areas so inflamed it looks purple, you could benefit from applying the Active 8 Serum which has 10% Manuka Oil, and 7 other oils that help soothe, hydrate and heal the skin.
This is what we recommended to one our patients (photo 2) who had gone out fishing for a few hours after the 4 week treatment with Efudix and suffered from even more severe sunburn to his already sore face even though he applied a Zinc sunscreen over the area.
Propolis Balm applied twice a day.
The first person we trialled the Propolis Balm on for soothing/healing after treatment with Efudix. He applied it twice a day and after 5 days he was incredibly happy to see his skin return to normal.
After treatment with Efudix Cream for 4 weeks, the skin was very inflamed, sore, blistered and crusty. Propolis Balm and Active Serum 8 was applied twice a day for 5 days. The purple areas were gone and the oozing had stopped. He was really happy to get so much relief and healing after applying the products.