What Is This Treatment And How Is It Going To Help Your Condition To Improve?
The generic name for the prescription medication Aldara is imiquimod. It’s a form of immune response modifier. Aldara is primarily used in order to provide treatment for actinic keratosis (a condition brought on due to too much exposure to the sun) on a person’s scalp and face area.
Aldara for the skin can also be used in order to provide treatment for minor forms of skin cancer known as superficial basal cell carcinoma, particularly when surgery wouldn’t be a good option for treatment of the condition.
In addition to the conditions mentioned Aldara can be used in order to help treat genital warts that show up outside of a person’s body, but the medication isn’t designed in order to provide a cure for the condition. Aldara can be used for grownups and children who are 12 years of age or older.
There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these others uses are best left for a qualified medical professional to decide.
What is some important information you need to understand before you start using this medicational treatment?
Make sure you don’t use too much of this medication, because if you do then this can increase the chances of experiencing serious skin reactions. Be sure to follow the directions a doctor provides you. If you don’t understand something they tell you, then ask questions in order to get clarification.
When using the treatment be sure to not use it on parts of the skin that are broken, wounded or burned. You would want to wait until these areas have had a chance to heal before you started to apply it.
Before you even start using Aldara you’ll need to tell a doctor if you have an immune system that is weak or compromised for some reason, an autoimmune condition, graft-versus-host disease, or if you’ve gotten a bone marrow transplant recently or cord blood transplant.
How are you supposed to apply this medication?
Before you start to use this treatment be sure to wash your hands as well as the area of skin you’re going to apply it. Give your skin at least 10 minutes to dry before putting on the treatment. Once you’ve applied it, then you’ll want to wash your hands again. Aldara is typically used for a period of about 16 weeks. It can be used 2 to 5 times a week during this course. The specific way you’ll use the medication is going to be dependent on the condition being treated in this case.
What happens if you miss a dose of this treatment?
You’ll want to skip the dose you missed and wait until it’s time for another round of treatment. Don’t use more of the medication in order to make up for a dose that was missed.
What are some of the possible side effects a person might be at risk for if they decide to 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