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Imbedded white circle
Hello---I recently purchased Curaderm BEC 5. I am on day 5 of the treatment and have been applying the cream about 4-5 times a day as I have been at home. It seems to be acting like various articles say but I do notice that around the lesion(which is really not on the surface) there is a circle of somewhat white in color. Since the lesion is inbedded just a bit, this looks like skin.....is this normal and what happens to this "circle". Thank you for your reply---
AskDocWeb: Sorry Pat, we don't have enough data to give you an answer to that question. Hopefully more people will post their experience after going through treatment.
I have been using Curaderm for six weeks. My mistake was to apply it to six spots on my body instead of one, to see what the process was. Yowza! The initial pain for the first three weeks or so is very intense, and yes, it can last thirty minutes after applying the micro-pore tape. After that the burning stops and there is the normal pain of an open injury.
Showering, washing the lesions was uncomfortable, and then the application of the Curaderm was quite an exercise in not passing out. Suddenly, I noticed the burning on application was lasting only two to three seconds. Whew! The lesions all grow smaller by the day, and as they become smaller, and the white cells diminish, showing mainly red skin, the pain decreases.
The process was such a shock to my system I have felt sluggish and almost ill while adjusting to the routine. Still, I am glad I discovered this product. My only concern is now that the largest lesion on my arm (grew to half inch wide by inch and half long) is nearly healed, I am suddenly seeing small red spots appear over night inches away from the original lesion. At this point I am obsessed and put a small dot of Curaderm on them, with the tape. I see some subtle reaction on some spots, no reaction on others, but no craters are forming. So I don't know if I should keep applying the cream and tape to them.
One thing for me is the micro-pore tape irritates my skin, rips off some skin and leaves scabbing that itches, even where there is no lesion. That has been the most uncomfortable part of the process for the last few weeks. I see someone suggested Nextcare Flexible Clear tape, but on reading about it, it appears to stick more. So, I will 'stick' with the paper tape. And, yes, the drainage, the pus is a natural part of the process. The pus is yellow, not green, no odor, so no infection, just white blood cells excreting unhealthy cells. That also subsides as the lesion grows smaller, though I thought the unhealthy cells were eradicated sooner, and the healing process was the slow part.
In any case, there is still some excretion. There is a red border around each lesion, but evidently may be from the tape. Also, the salicylic acid can make the tissue red and irritated. As the lesions grow smaller, I am able to use less and less tape, thus the red borders are also being reduced. Also, it is not necessary to slather on a thick amount of the product. A little more at first, then as the white coating appears, less can be used, a thinner smear will work. But, don't miss a day, not for the pain, not for self-doubt. Follow the process of at least twice per day and keep the tape over it. If it dries out and a scab forms there is no way to know if it has healed, and it will set you back to step one of the process, should you continue.
Not every product will have the same effect on every person. This one is something I wanted to try after seeing it on the 'Dr Oz Show'. And I never watch the Dr Oz Show, just caught a promo for the product during channel surfing. I only wish the product came with more precise instructions on how to use it and what to expect.
Small white spots
I found this all very interesting but one thing it did not mention was the small white spots that appear and are difficult to remove. What are they? How can they be removed? Thank you for your comments.
AskDocWeb: Small white spots on the skin could be caused by a number of skin problems such as fungal infection, tinea versicolor, vitiligo, nevus depigmentosus, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis or pityriasis alba. Because there are so many possible causes we recommend consulting with a dermatologist to determine your specific condition.
Lesion dried out
I had complete success using curaderm on a keratosis lesion on my head, although it took close to six months for complete results. Now I'm using it on a basil cell on my leg, but let the lesion dry with missed txs, and am now wondering what to do. Continue as usual, or can the Curaderm penetrate new skin to affect the remaining underlying lesion? There was only a bit remaining when I made this mistake.
AskDocWeb: According to the manufacturer it is very important to keep the area moist in order to prevent most scabbing. Curaderm can penetrate new skin but not a dry, hard scab.
Get a biopsy!
I am most interested in people who have had their skin biopsied AFTER using Curaderm. I used the product for 11 weeks and all went as stated. However, I do have a little bump just under the original bump (which is gone). Waiting for biopsy in January after all inflammation is gone.
Really the product CAN NOT BE PROVED SUCCESSFUL unless there is a follow up biopsy. The original bump is for sure removed by the Aspirin and Urea, so that is not proof that Curaderm has worked. I hope it has, but please, if people can get the biopsy done and report back on this website, it would be helpful to all.
AskDocWeb: Thanks! That is an excellent point Liz and we encourage those using Curaderm to do that.
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