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 Residual keratoses after curaderm
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marymcdowell5

USA
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Posted - 06/15/2007 :  15:34:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used Curaderm for a benign keratosis on my torso. The Curaderm worked very slowly, but surely, until I got down to the bottom layer and the remainder will not budge. The original keratosis was about .5 inches by .5 inches and quite raised. It was mostly skin colored. The remainder is almost, but not quite flat, and somewhat reddish to pink. It looks like three small circles that are touching. Giving up on the Curaderm, I began using hydrogen peroxide and dmso, then dmso/efudex. Nothing seems to be making a dent. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I had this thing removed several years ago and it grew back. The dermatologist recently said it was, in fact, a benign keratosis.
Mary

dan

551 Posts

Posted - 06/16/2007 :  01:23:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mary, thanks for the post. It's good to get feedback on topical treatments for skin conditions. I don't know much about benign keratosis so consider this a shot in the dark. A couple things to consider trying are orange oil (Google orange TKO) and topical pancreatin enzymes. Both are discussed at http://www.topicalinfo.org/Topical.htm
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anivoc

512 Posts

Posted - 06/16/2007 :  08:05:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have yet to try Orange Oil and I think you might want to try it first. Dan has had positive results using it. If that doesn't work, I am still experimenting with Sunpot ES ( See the thread for how I am using it) I tried Curaderm with certainly some degree of positive reaction / recession of growth but could not get complete eradication of my BCC's or AK's . Because I switched creams midway into my sunspot ES treatment (Retin-a .05% to Trader Joes Revive vitamin C body lotion)( not to scientific) the results are so far excellent but compromised. I need to treat another tumor ( I have plenty :( ) with just one or the other in conjunction with the Sunspot es and then figure out what is working..

It clearly worked better than curaderm once I started covering it with the 3m tape ( since you used Curaderm you have the tape) and using the creams along with it.


Just a thought...
You might consider using the orange oil and covering with the tape also. I believe the one thing that is important no matter what topical you are using is to not let the treated area dry out after treating it ..my thought on this is that this allows a small amount of scar tissue to develop which in turn weakens the effectiveness of the topical treatment
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marymcdowell5

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 06/16/2007 :  10:58:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the input. I think I will try the orange treatment. I am willing to experiment. FYI, the Curaderm worked quite well on three age spots on my cheek, but as those were eradicated, I noticed what I thought was another one adjacent to these three and the Curaderm failed on this fourth, which may have been something different. I then used the mixture of DMSO and Efudex I read about on this site (one part Efudex to 4 parts DMSO) and this did not work either, and left a slightly brownish area which is slowly fading--not a real problem. I then used the Efudex/DMSO on the bridge of my nose where I suspected a skin cancer and it worked extremely well--the area reacted immediately and was quite inflamed within a few days. I think I applied it for about five days. When I stopped applying it, it healed very quickly and now the skin looks normal. It was slightly pink for a few days (no brownish tint) However, when I applied this mixture to a suspected skin cancer on my back (I have had many basal cell cancers removed from my back and shoulders and am pretty good at spotting them) it reacted somewhat, but basically did not remove it-and also left the same brownish discoloration. Very confusing! I am now using this mixture on an area above and between my eyebrows which I think is seborrheic dermatitis (thinking this is related to a fungal or yeast infection?) and again, it is slightly reactive, but really not doing much. Certainly not curing it as it is claimed to do for a fungal infection.
And, by the way, recently my son returned from a trip to Thailand where he had a motorcycle accident which resulted in scraping a lot of skin off his foot. He had some skin infection as a result and he tried 1) lamisil 2) soaking the foot in straight hydrogen peroxide for several days in a row 2) applying the DMSO/Efudex to the entire area a couple of times. None of these worked and he then went to a dermatologist and got an antibiotic cream, a fungal cream and a steroid cream and this combination did work. I was quite diappointed that none of my home remedies worked for him (particularly since the presctiptions cost close to $300, as his insurance does not pay for them)
Mary
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dan

551 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  01:25:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mary, this is great feedback. Thanks a lot. We also look forward to hearing about the orange oil if you try it.
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Carlson

18 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2007 :  22:48:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can someone please tell me what 3M tape is and where to get it? Is it an over-the-counter tape? Can you use it like a Bandaid to cover areas you are treating?
thx
Carlson
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MacWanted

France
11 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2007 :  02:22:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carlson

Can someone please tell me what 3M tape is and where to get it? Is it an over-the-counter tape? Can you use it like a Bandaid to cover areas you are treating?
thx
Carlson



Maybe it is micropore tape like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009I68FO/ref=nosim/?tag=nextag-hpc-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B0009I68FO&linkCode=as
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marymcdowell5

USA
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Posted - 06/22/2007 :  07:00:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found the orange oil (NOW brand organic) and tried it on the remaining keratosis and it had no effect whatsoever. No stinging, no reaction at all. I tried it only two or three times but figured since this isn't a skin cancer, it just would not work. I did order some Sunspot ES from Vitacost and will try this, but since the Curaderm didn't work, I don't have much hope for this either.
Mary
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anivoc

512 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2007 :  15:38:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Mary,

As previously mentioned I too am rather disappointed in the curaderm. Though it did take it down, it would not finish it off.
Using the sunspot with cream and keeping it covered I definitely am having better results. It appears I might be a done treating a very tough area on my forehead ..hopefully this week..just a few tiny little sore spots where there were several much larger previously.

I will keep reporting.

Tom
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anivoc

512 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2007 :  15:39:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BTW

No doubt blood root will go after your torso spot hard and fast. I would have to believe it will be less painful than the ones I treated on my head.
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maxmoreno

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2007 :  18:52:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,

I have reviewed the information for DMSO on www.dmso-use.com
and I was wondering if somebody has experienced this
medicine. Can we consider this as a common way of healing?

Thank you.
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