The generic name for Aldara is Imiquimod. It’s an immune response modifier. Aldara is primarily used in order to offer treatment for Actinic Keratosis (which is a condition brought on by being in the sun too long) that can be on the face or the scalp.
Aldara for the skin can also be effective at treating minor forms of skin cancer known as superficial basal cell carcinoma, when having surgery wouldn’t be the right course of action. Other uses for this medicational treatment include the ability to treat genital warts that appear on the outside of the body, but this isn’t a cure for the condition. Aldara can be used by adults as well as children who are at least 12 years of age. There are other uses for this treatment, but this is left to a doctor’s discretion.
What’s some important information you need to know about using Aldara before you start using it?
You don’t want to make the mistake of using too much of this treatment. If you use too much or you use it for longer than required then you can put yourself at risk for serious skin reactions. You’ll want to be sure you stay in line with a doctors instructions.
Stay away from applying Aldara to areas of the skin that might be broken, wounded, or burned. Be patient and wait until these problems have had a chance to heal themselves before using this treatment.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you suffer from a weak immune system, any autoimmune disorder, graft-versus-host disease or if you’ve had a bone marrow transplant or cord blood transplant recently.
What should be done prior to applying this medicational treatment in order to ensure it works properly?
In preparation of applying Aldara, be sure to clean your hands and clean the area where you plan on applying the treatment. You’ll want to wait for a period of at least 10 minutes until the skin has had a chance to dry. After you’ve applied Aldara be sure to wash your hands again. Don’t put the treatment on areas that are broken, wounded, or burned. Proper healing of these conditions is needed before using Aldara.
What are some of the more serious potential side effects you put yourself at risk for if you use Aldara?
Allergic reactions: Symptoms would include (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Flu symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, tired feeling, swollen glands.
Severe swelling or urination problems when treating genital warts around the vagina(in this case contact a doctor right away)
What are some of the minor potential side effects you could be at risk for if you use this medicational treatment?
Mild skin irritation, itching, dryness, flaking, scabbing, crusting, redness, or hardening of the skin where the medicine was applied;
Changes in the color of treated skin
Headache, dizziness, chest pain, back pain
Cold sores, fever blisters
Cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite
Vaginal itching or discharge
Aldara is an effective solution, but it needs to be used with caution. Serious side effect possibilities are low and a doctor would check you to make sure this were the case. The more minor side effects are typically a result of first time use and should go away after a short while. In order to ensure safety use the treatment as directed and be consistent. Make sure you track how you feel and how your skin is responding to use so you can be sure it’s working for you the way it’s supposed to.