I have been applying Fluorouracil Cream for about 3 weeks to my scalp and forehead. It is dry, flaking, and itches. How do i know when to stop applying?
How long you use fluorouracil cream for depends on what you are treating. The dosing information is given below but I would suggest that you confirm it with your dermatologist/doctor.
Fluorouracil topical Dosing Information
Usual Adult Dose for Skin Cancer:
Superficial basal cell carcinoma:
Apply 5% cream or solution to lesions twice daily with gloves or nonmetal applicators.
Treatment should continue for at least 3 to 6 weeks, and may be required for as long as 10 to 12 weeks to resolve the lesions.
Usual Adult Dose for Keratosis:
Actinic or solar keratosis:
0.5% cream (microsphere formulation): Apply to the affected area once a day. May be applied with the fingers and hands should be washed immediately afterward.
1%, 2%, 5% cream or 2%, 5% solution: Apply to the affected area twice daily with gloves or nonmetallic applicator, using sufficient amount to cover the lesions.
The usual duration of therapy is 2 to 4 weeks, until the inflammatory response reaches the erosion state, at which time treatment is discontinued. Lesions may not heal completely for 1 to 2 months after fluorouracil therapy has been discontinued.
Solar keratoses which do not respond to treatment should be biopsied to confirm the diagnosis.
My skin specialist had me on full face treatment for two weeks, 2xday. I left it on all day &night, w asking face w/mild soap &water before each application. I discontinued cream after 2weeks. My face was in absolute misery. I looked like a monster. I rushed to mr Dr & he said "that's perfect". I started the cure cycle. I am in the 3rd day of. Curing & I just noticed a change for the better. The lesions seem to be gone but I will not look normal for another 3weeks... or more. This is far worse than anything I could have imagined. I can't bear to be seen outside my home. My Dr says that I will be happy that I took this route. I will keep you informed.
If your dermatologist did not specify this, ASK! I learned from my doctor that treatment varies, and because one person has a treatment plan, it is NOT consistent across everyone. It's specific to you and your response. My doc is allowing mine to change because of my personal reaction. So don't ask us, please turn to your doctor for what is right for you, your skin, your reaction to treatment.
My Dr. told me to use this cream 1 time per day on my face for two weeks and 2x a day on my arms and hands for 1 month.. I am about 9 days into the treatment and I am miserable,
The healthy skin will not be affected by the medication. If you work with the public, this might prove to be very embarrassing.
- Fluorouracil Information for Consumers
- Fluorouracil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fluorouracil (detailed)
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