How long do Aldara side effects last?
The skin reaction tends to be worst in week 2 to 3 of application. For most people, the more sore and red the skin becomes, the better the treatment works. It is normal for redness and some crusting to persist for around 2 weeks after the treatment course has finished.
Does Aldara Cream remove genital warts?
Aldara (for the skin) is also used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, when surgery would not be an appropriate treatment. Aldara also treats genital warts that appear on the outside of the body, but this medicine is not a cure for genital warts.
How long should I use Aldara cream for genital warts?
Aldara Cream should be applied 3 times per week to external genital/perianal warts. Aldara Cream treatment should continue until there is total clearance of the genital/perianal warts or for a maximum of 16 weeks.
What are the side effects of using Aldara Cream?
Flu symptoms, tiredness, fever, headache, diarrhoea, back pain, muscle pain, and swollen glands in the neck, armpit and groin. Some patients have experienced changes in skin colour (lighter or darker) in the area where Aldara cream was applied. These changes may be permanent in some cases.
How do you know if Aldara cream is working?
Inflammation is a good sign, as it shows the cream is working. Generally the more intense the inflammation the better the end result. The surrounding skin may also become inflamed, but this will settle when you stop using the cream. Skin redness may take up to 4 weeks to subside (after stopping treatment).
When should I stop using Aldara cream?
Treatment usually continues until the warts have cleared. If the area has still not cleared after 16 weeks of using the cream, you must stop using imiquimod and see your doctor for further advice.
When should you stop using Aldara cream?
Aldara should not be used for more than 16 weeks at a time. It usually takes 8-10 weeks for your warts to disappear but warts may clear as early as 4 weeks. If your warts reappear, talk to your doctor. If your skin reacts badly to Aldara, your doctor may recommend that you stop treatment for a few days.
How do you know if Aldara Cream is working?