After researching treatments for solar keratoses, I decided to try Efudix. I want to share my experience with others considering treatment.
How It All Started
I grew up in a very normal Queensland family—plenty of time spent in the sun, yet always aware of the dangers of sun damage. I had red hair and plenty of freckles, which should have signaled me to always slip-slop-slap on some sunblock.
Now, at 31, I am well aware of the ramifications of our 'it'll be alright' attitude.
I am fortunate enough to have family and friends that constantly remind me to have my skin checked. At the age of 25, I had a very small basal cell carcinoma removed. At the age of 31, my dermatologist told me that there were many more signs of sun damage on my face and hands and that I would be in a world of pain if I waited to treat them.
As you can see from the above picture, I had no reason to think I was in danger, or that I would need to undergo any treatment that would involve topical chemotherapy. Little did I know!
After spending months considering the Efudix topical treatment, getting second opinions, spending hours researching on the internet, speaking with a natural therapist, and speaking with others who were treated, I decided to take the plunge. Not only did I hope my solar keratoses (skin spots) would be gone in a month, but I hoped for much younger-looking skin.
The following is my day-to-day account of my treatment.
Day 1: 5th September 2010
Today is day one. I have the cream and have prepared the family for what the next month will entail, which is especially hard to do given the unknowns. Once dinner is done, I will be applying the first round of Efudix. I am apprehensive and have concerns about the burning and itching starting right away. I am also a little excited that I am one day closer to the treatment being completed and a more youthful me.
After the first application, my only concern is whether I have used enough.
After 2 hours: There is some very slight tingling, but I am wondering if this is simply a result of me focusing on how my face is feeling.