Aldara is a cream which helps you treat genital warts on the surface of the genitals and around the anus. Aldara cream supports your body’s own immune system to produce substances to fight the virus that causes genital warts.
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- Used for treating: genital on surface of genital and around anus
- Also used for treating: superficial basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis
- Effect: helps body to produce substances to fight virus that causes genital warts
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What is Aldara cream?
Aldara cream is a cream used to treat genital warts. Although it does not ban out the herpes virus which you carry in your body for life, Aldara helps lessen the symptoms.
The active ingredient in Aldara is imiquimod. Imiquimod helps the body battle the growth of skin cells locally, in this case on the wart. Genital warts may appear around the genitals, anus and thighs.
Aldara might also be used on certain types of skin cancer or actinic keratosis, a skin condition related to excessive sun exposure.
How does Aldara cream work?
Aldara activates the body’s own immune system to battle the genital warts.
How to use Aldara?
Before you apply Aldara, make sure you wash and dry your hands and the infected area, allow skin to dry for a while. Apply Aldara cream to the warts before you go to bed, it needs 6 to 10 hours to set. Make sure you only apply Aldara to the infected areas, you could protect healthy skin by using Vaseline. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, some people prefer to wear plastic gloves for protection. In the morning, remove the cream from the skin by using water. You should usually use Aldara three times per week, always leave a day between treatments.
While the cream is on your skin, you should not have sexual contact. Also be aware that Aldara negatively affects the quality of a condom.
Contraindications for Aldara:
- Aldara should be used on adults only.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use Aldara.
- If you are allergic to one of the ingredients, you should not use Aldara.
- Consult a doctor if you have an autoimmune disease.
- Aldara cream should not be applied to irritated or open skin.
If you have a medical condition and are unsure whether you should use Aldara, always consult your physician.
Side effects of Aldara cream
Major side effects of Aldara cream are itching, scaling or pain around the genital warts. Skin discoloration (skin turns lighter) might also occur.
Some people experience headaches, nausea or fatique.
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This description is based on prescribing information approved by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM ), but in no case replaces the advice of a doctor or pharmacist.