Aldara is a topical cream used to treat various skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and genital warts. It is a topical immunotherapy cream that is applied directly to the affected area of the skin. Aldara is a brand name for the generic drug imiquimod, which is an immune response modifier. Aldara works by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight the virus or bacteria that is causing the skin condition.
Aldara is commonly used to treat actinic keratosis, which is a precancerous skin condition caused by long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is also used to treat basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer. Aldara is also used to treat external genital warts, which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Aldara is available in cream form and is applied directly to the affected area of the skin. It is usually applied three times a week for up to 16 weeks, depending on the condition being treated. Aldara is not suitable for use in children under the age of 12.
The active ingredients in Aldara are imiquimod and benzyl alcohol. Other names for imiquimod are Aldara, Imiquimod, and Aldara Cream.
The most common side effects of Aldara are redness, burning, itching, swelling, and scabbing of the affected area. Other side effects may include nausea, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, and flu-like symptoms. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.
The use of Aldara can also lead to more serious side effects. These side effects may include severe skin reactions, such as blisters, peeling, or open sores. In rare cases, Aldara can cause liver damage or an allergic reaction. If you experience any of these side effects, you should stop using Aldara and seek medical attention immediately.
In addition to the potential side effects, there are also some disadvantages to using Aldara. Some people may experience an increase in the size of the affected area, or the area may become darker or lighter in color. Aldara can also cause scarring and can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
Aldara is a safe and effective treatment for many skin conditions, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects. It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of using Aldara before beginning treatment.