Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Sachets - Aldara cream works with your body’s own immune system to make natural substances which help fight your basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis or the virus that has caused your warts. Aldara cream may be used for three different conditions. Your doctor may prescribe Aldara cream for the treatment of:
1.Warts (condylomata acuminata) on the surface of the genitals (sexual organs) and around the anus (back passage)
2.Superficial basal cell carcinoma. This is a common slow-growing form of skin cancer with a very small likelihood of spread to other parts of the body. It usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly people, especially those who are fair-skinned and is caused by too much sun exposure. If left untreated, basal cell carcinoma can disfigure, especially on the face – therefore early recognition and treatment are important.
3. Actinic keratosis. Actinic keratoses are rough areas of skin found in people who have been exposed to a lot of sunshine over the course of their lifetime. Some are skin coloured, others are greyish, pink, red or brown. They can be flat and scaly, or raised, rough, hard and warty. Aldara should only be used for flat actinic keratoses on the face and scalp in patients with a healthy immune system where your doctor has decided that Aldara is the most appropriate treatment for you.
How Aldara Works
Aldara Cream works from within by activating the body's own immune system. When Aldara Cream is applied to the skin, immune cells are activated and travel to the area. For example, in the case of genital warts, the activated immune cells work to eliminate cells that have been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes the warts.
How does Aldara Cream work?
Aldara Cream works from within by activating your body's own immune system to treat disease. Aldara Cream not only helps clear visible actinic keratoses, but also treats undeveloped actinic keratoses that are not yet visible. These previously unseen actinic keratoses may appear during treatment and may clear before they have a chance to develop further.
What is actinic keratosis?
An actinic keratosis (AK) is a flat, scaly growth on the skin that usually forms on parts of the body that are exposed to direct sunlight. AKs can be any shape and are skin-colored, reddish-brown, or yellowish-black in color. They range in size from as small as a pinhead to more than an inch across. The surface of the AK is dry and rough to the touch. Occasionally, an AK may itch or feel prickly, especially after sun exposure.
AKs are most commonly found in fair-skinned people who have spent a lot of time in the sun. If AKs are not treated, 10% to 15% may develop into a form of skin cancer called squamous cell cancer.
What is superficial basal cell carcinoma?
Superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, but it is readily treatable if identified and treated early. A sBCC lesion may appear as a new growth on the skin, as an open sore that fails to heal, or as a change in appearance of an old growth on the skin.
These lesions are usually not painful and may have different shapes and colors. Skin changes to look for include the following:
A small, smooth, shiny lump that may be pale
A firm, red lump
A sore or lump that bleeds or is covered by a scab
A red or brown patch that is rough or scaly and may itch or become tender
Because sBCC lesions vary widely in appearance, you should ask your doctor to check any suspicious spots. You may be referred to a dermatologist, a doctor who is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.
What Are Genital and Perianal Warts?
Genital and perianal warts are growths or bumps that appear around the entrance of the vagina or anus or on the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh.
Genital warts may be raised or flat and occur singly or in groups. They can be small or large. They may be cauliflower shaped and are most often flesh colored and painless.