Aldara treats actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and external genital and perianal warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and appears on the outside of the body. This medicine is not a cure for genital warts. Actinic keratosis is a condition caused by too much sun exposure on the face and scalp that can turn into skin cancer. Superficial basal cell carcinoma is a minor form of skin cancer when surgery is not an appropriate treatment.
Before using Aldara cream, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Aldara or to any other drug, you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding a baby during treatment, you have graft-versus-host disease, or if you have recently received a bone marrow transplant or cord blood transplant. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, and herbal products that you use.
How to use Aldara:
Before applying Aldara, wash your hands and affected skin area. Allow the skin to dry for at least 10 minutes before applying for the medicine. Always wash your hands after applying for the medicine. If the affected area is wounded, broken, or burned, wait until the skin has healed before using Aldara. Aldara does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (for example chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Avoid sexual activity when the medicine is on your skin, especially if you are treating the genital or rectal area. Aldara cream will weaken the rubber that condoms and diaphragms are made from.
If a dose is missed, wait until the next time before you are getting ready for bed to use the medication. Do not double up on doses to make up for the missed dose.
Precaution, while using Aldara Cream:
- Do not use Aldara on areas of broken, wounded, or burned skin.
- Do not use Aldara to treat any skin condition.
- Avoid getting Aldara in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. Do not place the cream in your rectum, vagina, or urethra. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.
- Do not use Aldara on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Aldara can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn. Use sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
- Do not use this medicine on a child younger than 12 years old.
- Aldara will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
Seek medical attention when you notice these allergic reactions: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Wash off the medication if you notice the following: Mild skin irritation, dryness, flaking, scabbing, redness, or hardening of the skin where the medicine was applied.
Less serious side effects include:
Changes in the color of treated skin, fever, chills, body aches, swollen glands, flu symptoms, runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, headache, backache, muscle pain, diarrhea, upset stomach.
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