In order to use Curaderm you have to first clean the area where you will apply the cream. Once the area is clean and dry, you can proceed with applying the cream through the area.
Typically, a layer of 2 millimeters thin is enough as a dose in the area to be treated. Patients usually tend to apply a little more in their intent to get rid of the lesion, but it is not needed. Once applied, spread it out evenly through the lesion and cover with a band aid, a medical pad or a micropore tape. The cover tape you use will also spread the cream so you don’t need to spread it outside of the lesion area before putting the tape. Do this twice a day. Conveniently it is better to do it in the morning and in the night. Wash your hands each time you apply Curaderm to the lesion and avoid touching your eyes.
Be aware that soon after starting the treatment, the lesion will typically appear a little larger. Please continue to apply Curaderm twice a day and cover the whole area. After a while, the lesion will start to get smaller but you still need to continue to apply the Curaderm cream until the lesion is totally gone. Once the lesion is gone and the damaged skin has been replaced by normal skin, stop the treatment.
Do all lesions require the same treatment?
Each lesion is different so the amount of treatment time also is. Treatment of actinic keratosis can take only a few days, while keratoacanthomas, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas depend on the lesion but it can take several weeks.
Please note that the reaction of the lesion may be unsightly at the initial stages of the treatment. The reason for the initial increase in lesion size is that Curaderm is looking for and destroying existing cancer cells that are not visible by the eyes. Do not get discouraged during these initial phases even if it seems as if the lesion is getting worse due to enlargement, or in case you feel burning sensations. The cream is actively performing its duties and hence the reactions.
Curaderm kills cancer cells and does not affect the surrounding good cells of your skin and body.
Treatment should continue until the lesion is completely gone and replaced with normal skin. If treatment is stopped too early, some residual cancer cells may remain and over time will become a lesion again. Studies have shown if the procedure is followed diligently. All cancer cells are removed and the lesion will be cured with no recurrences for over 5 and 10 years.
What can be the adverse reactions and what precautions should we take?
Please note that a small number of patients may experience erythema, swelling or ulceration, but those disappear if usage of Curaderm is stopped. A sensation of burning in the lesion area may also exist for a couple of minutes and is normal.
We do not encourage usage of Curaderm during pregnancy, except in case it is extremely necessary.
When oppened maintain the Curaderm tube stored below 25°C, preferably in the refrigerator. If the cream is exposed to temperature above 35°C, may separate to a liquid form and cannot be used further. Protect the cream from freezing or from temperatures above 35°C.