Aldara Cream - Imiquimod Cream

Sunday, July 21, 2013


What does this medication and where is it used?

Aldara
The active ingredient in Aldara is imiquimod.

Imiquimod inhibits the growth of cells.

Doctors prescribe this medicine for the particular type of genital warts, a form of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and a skin (actinic keratoses).


aldara cream

Genital warts
Imiquimod is used in condylomata acuminata, a special kind of genital warts. These warts are mostly located around the anus and genitals.

Warts are growths on the skin caused by infection with a virus. They are skin-colored bumps with a rough surface. Through sexual contact, you can infect others.

Treatment
The warts usually disappear. They are called contagious. Therefore, you should use a condom during intercourse.

Warts can be treated with podophyllotoxin if necessary. If this is ineffective, doctors may try imiquimod.

Sometimes a doctor can remove the warts.

Operation

Imiquimod strengthens the body’s defenses against the growth of skin cells. Therefore the wart disappears.

Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. In people aged 45 and older is more common. It is generally caused by years of exposure to sunlight.

The basal cell carcinoma is most common on the face or scalp. It starts with a smooth, glassy bump. Later created a central ulcer with a scab.

It is the least malignant form of cancer. Metastases are very rare. However, it may grow by local and impair tissues under the skin. It is important to treat before that time.

There are various treatments available. One of them is the application of a cream with imiquimod. Imiquimod strengthens the body’s defenses against the growth of skin cells. As a result, the cancer cells cleared.

Other skin conditions

Actinic keratoses are skin-colored to light brown rough callus-like spots on the skin that usually comes from years of exposure to sunlight. The spots may be a few millimeters to several centimeters in size and occur in the face and back of the hands. They are common, half the people older than fifty years, she has.
Actinic keratosis can one in a hundred cases turn into skin cancer. If the spots change in size, become infected and start to hurt, this is a signal that the cancer originated. It is important to treat before that time.
There are various treatments available. One of them is the application of a cream with imiquimod. Imiquimod strengthens the body’s defenses against the growth of skin cells. As a result, the abnormal skin cells cleared.

Which side effects should I watch?

Besides the desired effect, this plea can cause side effects.
The main side effects are itching and pain in or around the affected area and light spots of the treated area.

Sometimes
  • Itching and pain in or around the wart, often with swelling, flaking or excoriation.
  • Can avoid bright spots on the skin. Five years after use

Rarely
  • Tingling, burning, redness or other irritation if you make it through. This usually disappears after a few minutes. Consult your doctor if this persists or if you too have this problem. Do not apply the cream in places with open sores or wounds, eyes, lips or nostrils. Have you suffered from the cream, remove it immediately with water and mild soap. Consult your doctor if you can continue to use the Imiquimod (Aldara). Healthy skin can be damaged if it means there is. You can protect the healthy skin around the wart to smear a bit. Zinc oil or Vaseline
  • Sores, scabs and blisters on the area . Ask your doctor. Possible, the dosage should be adjusted.
  • Discoloration of the skin on and around the treated area. This discoloration may be permanent.
  • Headache, nausea, fatigue and muscle pain.

Very rare
  • In men: if you use this product on or around the foreskin, it can constrict or sticking. This can be prevented by daily to pull back the foreskin and wash. Underneath it This warning does not apply to circumcised men. Consult your doctor if you notice that the skin becomes narrower.
  • Complaints of the genitals, such as pain in the vagina or penis, vaginal dryness or erection problems.
  • Flu-like symptoms, fever, stiffness and malaise
Consult your doctor if you have any of the above side effects or if you notice other side effects that you are worried about. Too much burden

If you have suffered from the side effects you should stop treatment until the skin has recovered sufficiently. One or two weeks Discuss this with your doctor.

How should I use this medicine?

How?
  • Wash hands and affected skin with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  • Protect possibly the healthy skin around the affected area around the affected area by rubbing a little. Zinc oil or Vaseline Do not apply the cream in places with open sores or wounds, eyes, lips or nostrils.
  • Spend the night a little cream on the treated areas. Rub the spots well until the cream is fully absorbed here. Make sure the cream is on the skin healthy. During treatment for cancer (basal cell carcinoma), you must also apply the cream about 1 cm around the treated areas.
  • Wash hands well after application. You can wear a so-called finger cot or a disposable plastic gloves when applying too. Please ask at the pharmacy.
  • Remove the cream the next morning with water and a mild soap. For genital warts after six to ten hours, and cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and skin (actinic keratoses) after 8 hours.

When?

Genitele warts
Usually need three times a week can make this resource to the day, for example on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Remove the cream prior to sexual contact. Use a condom or diaphragm, for the cream, the rubber of condoms or diaphragms affect. A condom can therefore easily tear, a pessary can damage and so are no longer reliable.

Cancer (basal cell carcinoma)
Use the cream every week five consecutive days, such as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday will charge you no cream.

Avoid sunlight and do not use the solarium during treatment with imiquimod. Wear protective clothing and a hat.

Skin (actinic keratosis)
Use the cream three times a week to the day, for example on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Avoid sunlight and do not use the solarium during treatment with imiquimod. Wear protective clothing and a hat.

How long?

Genitele warts
Use the cream until the warts are gone, but not longer than 16 consecutive weeks (each up to 3 days per week). If the warts rise again: a second time this appears to be less effective means.

Cancer (basal cell carcinoma)
Use the cream for six weeks.

Skin (actinic keratosis)
Use the cream for 4 weeks. Should the skin condition is still not to be missing then another 4 weeks of treatment are needed.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Bring it on and still hold on to your regular schedule. Use the cream more day once a day.

If I can I … use this medication,
driving, drink alcohol and eat everything?
This means this no restrictions.

Does this medication interact with other medications?
  • Contraceptives: the cream, the rubber of condoms or diaphragms affect. A condom can therefore easily tear, a pessary may be damaged.
  • If you have previously used another remedy for warts? Wait until the skin is restored before applying imiquimod.
  • Avoid sunlight and do not use the solarium during treatment with imiquimod. Wear protective clothing and a hat.
Use the same skin areas only other products in consultation with your doctor.

Can I use this medication if I am pregnant, wants to be or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy
On the use of this medicine during pregnancy is still too little known. Sign in any case your doctor and pharmacist when you are pregnant or planning to be soon. If possible, you can temporarily switch to another.

Breastfeeding
Would you breastfeed, talk to your doctor. It is not known whether this Imiquimod (Aldara) in breast milk and whether it is harmful to the baby. Possibly the doctor (temporarily) another means for writing, which is known is that you can use it safely.

Can I just stop this medicine?
You can stop at any time with the use of this medicine in time.

Personal advice
Want to know more, or you have a question about your own situation? Pay a visit to your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist is aware of your personal circumstances and can guide you expanded your medication.

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