Genital Warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. These warts represent a more significant risk to females than males. Development of these warts can lead to cervical cancer due to the growth of abnormalities on the cervix. So, it is always better to get it treated as quickly as possible. Aldara cream is a topical vanishing cream used in the treatment of genital warts or peri-anal warts caused by HPV infection and actinic keratosis (flat, scaly growths on skin). The cream is available in 250 mg one-time-use sachets. Imiquimod is the active ingredient in this cream that works with the patient’s body to bring relief from genital warts. The drug, however, needs to be used carefully and in accordance to the physician’s instructions.
Applications and Safety Information About Aldara Cream
Aldara cream belongs to a category of medicines known as immune response modifier. The medicine is the only patient-applied prescription-based cream approved by the FDA for the treatment of warts that are visible to the naked eye. The cream is also used to treat a type of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma on the trunk, neck, arms, hands, legs or feet. The Aldara cream can be used an alternative to surgery to remove dangerous cancers. The cream must be applied on the skin of the affected area and its exposure to eyes, nostrils and lips should be avoided.
Treatment of Actinic Keratoses
If the cream is being used to treat actinic keratoses, the patient generally needs to apply it once a day twice a week, keeping a gap of 3-4 days in between. For instance, a patient can either apply the medicine on Monday and Thursday or on Tuesday and Friday. The medicine should be left on one’s skin for eight hours. Application of Aldara should be continued for a full 16 weeks even if all the actinic keratoses are gone, unless otherwise instructed by a doctor.
Treatment of Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
If the Aldara cream is being used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma, the patient generally needs to apply it once a day five times a week (Monday to Friday). The medicine should be left on the affected area for a period of eight hours. The cream needs to be applied on the affected area and the immediate surrounding area.
Treatment of Genital and Anal Warts
In case the Aldara cream is being used to treat genital and anal warts, the patient needs to apply it once a day for three alternate days of a week. The cream should be left on the skin for six to ten hours in this case. The area on which you apply the Aldara cream should be washed by mild soap and water after the application period ends.