This the first time I have posted. But, I want to thank you all for all the information and support you have shared.
I don't feel so alone in this any more. I am a 65 year old women who was raised on a ranch in the California sunshine.
Who knew what was going on! Several beach sunburns with blisters. I have had to basal cell carcinomas removed. I am on my 3rd week of carac cream for a keratosis that my doctor says is trying to turn into a squamous cell carcinoma. He has been working on it for a year. He tried nitrogen oxide , 4 or 5 times, aldara cream which was worse that carac cream and shaved it out twice. He said carc cream is the last thing we can try before surgery.
I had a tremendous reaction as you have all described. Thanks God for aquaphor cream. Now it is looking so much better, still burns like crazy though. I have another week to go so I am really hopeful. I am really nervous about the possibility of surgery though. My question is has anyone had to have the surgery and how did it go. it looks horrible to me.
Thank you again for just being out there and helping me hang in there.
I have had 3 mohs surgeries. They are not so bad. Not that they're a walk in the park but I am now on the 8th day of a full facial carac treatment, and if I thought that I would only have one or two more mohs, I would probably go that route. In other words, I find the carac more unpleasant than the localized mohs procedure, but if it helps prevent three or more mohs, than I think the carac is worth it. So that's my two cents.
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