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Day 25 – 4 days after Efudix

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment
25 days of Efudix treatment

Further recovery after 4 days

Well, whilst my nose still looks hideously red, the scabbing is clearly reducing and my nose is slowly getting back to ‘normal’.  Looks like the Efudix is finally starting to lose its hold – its done its job and it’s now time to heal, hoorah!

 

Day 24 – my first smile after Efudix treatment!

December 6, 2011 1 comment
3 days after completing Efuex treatment

3 days after completing Efudix treatment and my first smile!

Three days after completing my Efudix treatment and feel that am finally reaching the end of my Basal Cell Carcinoma journey.  A little less scabbing again today – yipee!

I think I said earlier on in this blog that I dislike having my photo taken at the best of times, so really have not enjoyed the daily Efudix photo session. But, I’m glad I’ve endured it because it’s good to look back and see the day-to-day changes – just seeing the difference today compared to two days ago helps to reinforce how my nose is improving and helps me stay positive.  And, I actually found myself smiling whilst Dave was pointing the camera at me today!  Apparently, the Vaseline helps soothe the skin and aids recovery so I’m slapping it on.

Day 23 – first signs of recovery following Efudix treatment?

December 6, 2011 13 comments
Day 2 after ending Efudix treatment

First signs of recovery?

So, two days after completing Efudix treatment and do I see the first signs of recovery?  I seem to have lost a little of the horrible yellow scabbing and am hopefully on my way to looking a little less like a scarey Halloween mask!  Still managing to use make-up to cover up but tends to clog pretty unattractively on the Vaseline.

Day 22 – 1st day after completion of Efudix treatment

December 5, 2011 1 comment

1st day after completion of Efudix treatment

First Efudix update for 2 weeks. Had a minor, unrelated op (removal of a milk duct – due to Duct Ectasia, a benign condition of ageing!) so have been focussing on that more than my nose recently. Continued with daily photo session to track the progress of the Efudex treatment so now picking back up where I left off …

A great relief not having to apply the Fluorouracil cream today, but simply replacing one routine with another – now have to apply Vaseline to the treated area daily.  I think the Vaseline makes the Efudix effects look even more startling because it really makes my nose shine. It’s clear from the above picture just how much of my nose was sun damaged – there are very few white patches indicating areas where the Efudix had nothing to attack. This just goes to highlight even more why the Efudex treatment was the right thing to do.  So now it’s just a waiting game to see quite how long it’ll take for my nose to resume it’s normal appearance ..

Final Efudix day – day 21!

November 17, 2011 3 comments

I can’t believe it, my three weeks of applying Efudix is finally over! I’ve just applied my final cream. It feels so weird, having dominated my life so much for the last three weeks.

Luckily, I didn’t get the horrid burning sensation I was expecting each day when applying the Efudix – I literally expected to be crying out as it touched my skin! Ridiculous really, was totally psychological tied up in the fact that I knew it was essentially eating away at any pre-cancerous cells it detected so I expected it to physically burn as I applied it (because this would be evidence that it was working I suppose – as if the hideous redness and scabbing hasn’t been evidence enough!). My nose has felt ever so slightly sore to the touch occassionally but I certainly haven’t felt burning upon application thank goodness.

From tomorrow, I’ve got to apply Vaseline to my nose every day until the Efudix effects dissipate. Hopefully that will be very soothing but I don’t anticipate being able to apply make-up over Vaseline so will either have to hibernate or face up to going out looking burnt and scabby. Watch this space … Oh dear, that sounds so vain.  I need to stop being so and just be grateful that the pre-cancerous cells have been killed off by the Fluorouracil  and I’ll shortly be able to put this whole thing behind me!

Having read other people’s experiences, I don’t think I’m quite out of the woods yet – it would seem that the cream continues to have an effect even after you’ve stopped applying it, but the end is in sight and at least I don’t have to go through the rigmarole of applying it every day. Hoorah!

Final day of Efudix treatment

Efudix treatment ends at long last!

The evil’s of Efudix, day 18

November 14, 2011 3 comments
18 days of Efudix follow-up for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Evil Efudix causes extreme scabbing!

The scabbing on the right hand side of my nose is starting to get me down now – it’s looking more and more hideous every day. What’s that horrendous yellow colour all about? Even the skin erosion site has taken on a yellow hue.  I feel like a freak. And make-up is no longer doing the trick!

I also have what appears like an open sore forming on my septum which I’m really nervous about applying Efudix too – particularly after having re-read the instructions that highlight the fact that adverse reactions can occur as a result of Efudix cream entering the blood stream due to applying to an open sore.

Evil Efudix – day 16

November 12, 2011 2 comments
Basal Cell Carcinoma follow-up treatment with Efudex, day 16

Scab and skin erosion grow

As you can see in today’s photo, the scab on the right hand side of my nose has spread again today. It looks really unattractive – it’s taken on a yellow tinge that makes me look (and feel) unclean. And trying to cover it with make-up is pretty pointless – the make-up simply coagulates on the scab and just looks really crusty and horrible (the Efudix is greasy which doesn’t help). I had to go shopping today so did the best I could to cover it up, put on a peaked cap and pulled it down as low as possible in an attempt to shield as much of my face as possible but I still felt really self-conscious. I couldn’t get home quick enough.

The area of skin erosion seems deeper today.  And, the redness gives the impression that my nose is sore but, actually it isn’t – just itchy.

Thank goodness I don’t have to go to work at the moment and, don’t have to go out if I really don’t need to because this whole Efudix treatment really is making me feel manky.

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