Aldara is a trade name for an imiquimod. Imiquimod is a prescription medication that acts as an immune response modifier. This Imiquimod is marketed by pharmaceutical companies such as Meda AB, Graceway Pharmaceuticals and iNova Pharmaceuticals.

Why we use Aldara?

Basically, people suffering from skin diseases are the primary users of this product. Aldara is used as a patient-applied cream that is used to treat some diseases of skin such as skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, Bowen's disease, superficial squamous cell carcinoma, some superficial malignant melanomas, and actinic keratosis) as well as genital warts (condylomata acuminata). It has also been tested for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, common warts that have proven difficult to treat, and vaginal intraepithelial. The outstanding cosmetic result has resulted from the treatment of both large superficial basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in-situ, but the morbidity and discomfort of the treatment can be severe. Focal recurrences of tumor have been seen after imiquimod treatment, but appear to be amenable to surgical excision.

Most Common Uses of Aldara:

Aldara was known not for the treatment of all the skin problems that was mentioned in the previous part of this paper. Aldara was commonly used to treat ctinic keratosis (a condition caused by too much sun exposure) on the face and scalp which are very common to people who have low melanin level. Caucasians or white people commonly encounter problems like this. 

The use of Aldara should be based upon the prescription of a specialist in the skin care or a dermatologist. You should follow the direction on the prescription label provided to you to avoid some side effects that may follow. Severe skin reactions may follow if you are going to use too much of Aldara or using is for a long period of time.

Wash your hands and the area that you are going to treat before applying Aldara. You should wait for about 10 minutes for your skin to be dried before applying the medicine. Broken, wounded or burned skin is not allowed to be applied with Aldara. You should wait first before it will heal. 

Aldara should be used according to the prescribed schedule and amount by the health specialist. Aldara is normally used 2 to 5 times per week for up to 16 weeks. How you use this medication will depend on the condition you are treating. Anyone, thinking about using Aldara should take concern of the doctor to ensure whether it is appropriate for them or not and also the schedule of using the cream is also be considered. If the doctor recommends this cream to the patient, then it is safe to use. 

Precautions: Irregular and inappropriate method of use may result in permanent damage to the skin. As the product is very sensitive, so it should be kept in dry and cool place. Users must always remember that the cream should never be kept within the bound of children in order to avoid unexpected occurance.

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