Dear Mr van den Heever
Herewith information on using Efudix cream
How do I apply Efudix® cream?
Efudix® cream can be applied with a clean fingertip.
Apply a thin layer of the cream to the entire treatment area.
You should wash your hands thoroughly after applying 5-FU cream.
After 20 minutes, you can apply moisturisers and/or make-up as part of
your usual skin care routine. If you have widespread sun-damage it is usually
advisable to divide the affected area into smaller areas and to complete
treatment in one area before moving on to the next. This will help make the
treatment reaction more tolerable. Your doctor will provide further advice
Only cover 5-FU cream with a plaster if advised to do so by your
doctor, otherwise leave the treated area uncovered.
Covering the treatment area with a plaster is likely to induce a more
severe skin reaction.
When treating superficial basal cell carcinomas, however, covering the
area with a plaster is often recommended.
How often should I use Efudix®
How often and for how long you should use Efudix® cream will depend on
your skin condition and other factors, for example which part of your skin is
Efudix® cream is usually applied once or twice a day, for 3-4 weeks
when treating actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease, and for 6 weeks when
treating superficial basal cell carcinoma.
Occasionally, more prolonged courses may be used. Your doctor will
recommend a specific treatment schedule for you.
At what time of day should I apply
If you are asked by your doctor to use Efudix® cream once a day, you
should apply it at night.
If twice-daily application is recommended then it is best to apply Efudix®
cream in the morning and at night.
When should I not apply Efudix®
Efudix® cream should not be used
around the eyes or lips, unless specifically recommended by your doctor for use
in that area.
Do not apply Efudix® cream if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use Efudix® cream if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What to do if you want to work
in the garden
Ask your treating physician whether it is OK to wear protective gloves
while you are working in the garden.
If you apply the cream only once a day, schedule your working in the
garden for early in the morning, wear protective gloves (if agreed to by your
doctor), wash the area afterwards, and apply the cream.
If you apply the cream twice a day (morning and evening) repeat the
process mentioned above and work in the garden in the morning, etc.
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