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Efudex - How is it possible to continue working while treating your face. I am a nurse involved in?
- 7 Mar 2013 by karinT
- 27 March 2013
I personally don't think that it is possible
I was started on this med , to be completed in 3 phases. Forehead for 2 weeks applied 2 times a day. The middle of my face for 2 weeks applied 2 times a day and then chin and upper neck for 2 weeks also applied 2 times a day. My derm warned me that it might be unattractive if the medication reacted as planned, However I would be able to cover my forehead with my bangs. He also reminded me that it was flu season and that it was a perfect time to do this treatment as I could wear a surgical mask at work and my coworkers would not know what was going on underneath ! He did assure me that I would not be at an increased risk for infection with this form of medication .
Well, This was a devistating mistake.
Firstly , Wearing a non-porous barrier while using this medication is contraindicated. It states in the drug guidelines not to use a dressing. A mask is non- porous and wearing one long or short term at work causes moisture which could cause a severe inflammatory reaction . IT DID AND IT HURT! Wearing the mask itself on the sore , inflamed tissue is also painful!
Secondly, your treated skin will ooze, crust and itch so badly that it is impossible not to touch it without applying creams at least every few hours! Not a little, A lot. Is that an option for you? The thought that I might touch these open wounds , And I had > 50, Was a scary scary thought.
Finally, May be superficial and I don't know the amount of tissue your treating, But it is extremely unsightly!! I had no idea because my MD did not warn me. I
Went to the grocery store 2 weeks post treatment and still am getting stared at by ADULT strangers! If I were a patient in a hospital , I would probably be more concerned about you than myself!
I am now on week 3 post treatment and am on MLOA and will go back in a week. So make sure you have time for this a know that it also takes time to heal after the treatment ends
Hope this help and goodluck.
- Efudex Information for Consumers
- Efudex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Efudex (detailed)
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