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What is the definition or description of: Aldara (imiquimod) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Aldara (imiquimod) allergy?

Aldara: Aldara (imiquimod) is a topical medication that is used to treat conditions such as genital warts, actinic keratoses or basal cell carcinoma. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-1207/aldara-topical/details ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What does aldara (imiquimod) do?

What does aldara (imiquimod) do?

Activates immunity: It is an immune response modifier. It treats genital warts by increasing the activity of the body's immune system to fight off the wart virus. Mechanism of action for aks (precancers) not exactly known but thought to also be related to upregulating the body's immune system to fight off abnormal cells. It is used to treat aks, genitals warts, and superficial basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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Aldara (imiquimod) not working, why?

Aldara (imiquimod) not working, why?

Patience: You don't say how long you have used the aldara (imiquimod). It can work in as little as3 weeks for labial condyloma, but in some cases can take over four months. Aldara (imiquimod) is effective 87 to 96% of the time, but that means up to 13% will not respond. ...Read more

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What conditions can Aldara (imiquimod) treat?

Aldara (imiquimod): Genital / rectal warts, actinic keratosis & basal cell carcinoma ...Read more

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Can I use aldara (imiquimod) for aks?

Can I use aldara (imiquimod) for aks?

Yes: Aldara (imiquimod) is a very effective and safe treatment for aks. It can be used to treat a large surface area or a single lesion. Treatment period is usually 8-12 weeks. Recommend staying out of the sun during the treatment period because it makes you more sensitive to the sun and sunburn easier. Side-effects are redness and peeling which can be exacerbated by sun exposure. ...Read more

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Why was I given aldara (imiquimod) cream?

Aldara (imiquimod): Do you have genital or rectal warts, actinic keratosis or basal cell carcinoma? ...Read more

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What to do if I am just curious what aldara (imiquimod) cream?

Aldara (imiquimod): It is used for genital or rectal warts, actinic keratosis or basal cell carcinoma? ...Read more

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I am argentina. I need information. What is aldara (imiquimod) a cream for?

I am argentina. I need information. What is aldara (imiquimod) a cream for?

Various: Aldara (imiquimod) cream is a cream that helps the immune system clear certain conditions: indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratoses on the face, basal cell cancer, and gential warts from hpv. It is by perscription only. ...Read more

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How does aldara (imiquimod) cream work on hpv?

How does aldara (imiquimod) cream work on hpv?

Imiquimod: Aldara (imiquimod) is an immune response modifier which may work by allowing the immune system to eliminate external warts caused by hpv. Cd4 and cd8 lymphocytes have been shown to infiltrate the hpv lesions when this agent is used. ...Read more

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Aldara (imiquimod) for aks all over abdomen ok?

Aldara (imiquimod) for aks all over abdomen ok?

Test small area 1st: Aldara (imiquimod) can cause a very vigorous response in some patients so be careful to apply to a small area to see how you respond. Only if you don't have a severe reaction can you then treat a larger area. You can get quite sick (flu like symptoms) if you apply too much Aldara (imiquimod) (ie: entire face or large body par). Best to treat a small region (ie: nose or one hand or portion of the abdomen) at a time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for imiquimod to give you blisters?

Can happen: Imiquimod typically causes some redness, swelling and irritation. It is normally applied at night and washed off in the morning to avoid excessive irritation. If you feel that your reaction is severe, please speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long after using aldara (imiquimod) can u have sex?

How long after using aldara (imiquimod) can u have sex?

Aldara (imiquimod): The only true limitation is how you react to the aldara (imiquimod). This cream which is acidic can cause some rawness and pain on the areas it is applied on.

As long as you have not used it just prior to sex and you feel fine then you can resume sexual activity. ...Read more

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How long does aldara (imiquimod) cream take to work on your feet?

How long does aldara (imiquimod) cream take to work on your feet?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream: Quite effective, usually about 80% of time. However it may take 3 months or so and is expensive. There are numerous other treatments available for foot warts- see your local podiatrist! ...Read more

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Is aldara (imiquimod) cream safe to be used in infants with molluscum contangiosum?

Is aldara (imiquimod) cream safe to be used in infants with molluscum contangiosum?

Not approved: Aldara (imiquimod) cream isn't currently approved for use under 18 years of age. That really just means studies weren't done to see if it's safe in kids. There were some studies done on using it to treat molluscum and they failed to show that it even worked. Thee is commonly irritation of the skin at the application sites, and I would be very concerned this would be worse on thinner more sensitive infant skin ...Read more

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May I use aldara (imiquimod) creme for condylomata acuminata? Is there any negative consequences?

Aldara (imiquimod) Side Effects: Common side effects of Aldara (imiquimod) include: local inflammatory rxn, application site rxn, headache, influenza-like sx, anorexia, dizziness, pain, chest pain, diarrhea, lymphadenopathy, and dyspepsia.
Serious reactions include: exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme, and urinary retention. ...Read more

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I have flaking skin in a sensitive area that was caused by aldara (imiquimod) cream. What can I do?

Stop using it: The cream is causing you allergy. You need to stop using it and you will need to see your doc for treatment. Hypoallergenic lubricant will help to with recovery. Venicream or veseline a&d cream helps with lubrication but steroid cream helps to recover it faster. ...Read more

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Been using aldara (imiquimod) (hpv) for 10 weeks and still there are warts. Shall I stop using it and try something else?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor and have the area examined and let your doctor determine the next step in treatment. ...Read more

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What's the difference between imiquimod and topical human interferon alpha-2beta? Can it be more beneficial to apply both concurrently?

Neither: Surgical removal is the gold standard. There's not great data on wart viral infection if it isn't visible. If there are visible warts, surgery is the best treatment and there's no data that interferon helps at all, and slight data that Imiquimod lowers recurrence rate after surgery.

There's not much data out there for a role for interferon except maybe in respiratory warts. ...Read more

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Imiquimod has completely cleared all gen. Warts after 12 apps. No side effects excpt the usual cell necrosis. How much longer should I continue using?

You're done.: I generally recommend continuing Imiquimod until all of the warts are healed, (up to a maximum of 16 weeks), so if the warts are gone, you can stop. If any return, or any new ones develop, repeat the treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling so embarassed and sad. It ruined my life, I tried aldara and condylox (podofilox) but no effect. Does it rlly go away in 2 years?

Venereal warts?: I am assuming from your question that you have Condylomata (Venereal warts) of the vulva and have not been able to get rid of them. First of all, both laser and cryotherapy (freezing) as well as surgical excision can remove them. Secondly, get some emotional help through a therapist or Psychologist (and maybe Rx drugs) to get past this depressive state. Of mind. ...Read more

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Is aldara (imiquimod) medication very expensive?

Yes: Anywhere from $15 to $40 a pack, therefore shop around for the best deal. Usually if you buy in bulk, 12 to 48 paks the price goes down, but still a lot of cost! ...Read more

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How soon should aldara (imiquimod) start working?

Varies: It can take days, weeks, or months. Aldara (imiquimod) works for condyloma about 87% to 95% of the time. ...Read more

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Any side effects of imiquimod?

Generally cutaneous: This immune modulator is used topically in treatment of warts and some skin cancers. Can produce extremely severe skin effects, with blistering bloody lesions. Systemic side effects include secondary fungal infections, flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, muscle and back aches, and others. ...Read more

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/is using aldara (imiquimod) cream for the same purpose?

/is using aldara (imiquimod) cream for the same purpose?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream: Gyns prescibe Aldara (imiquimod) cream to treat vulvar condyloma (warts) there are other faster methods to treat them in the office. If you use the vream you have to apply it 3x per week for usually 8-12 weeks and it can cause vulvar irritation. ...Read more

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What are reasons why would an 18 year old be prescribed aldara (imiquimod)?

Aldara (imiquimod): Aldara (imiquimod) is used to treat actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma and warts. Doctors will also prescribe it for other 'off label uses'. ...Read more

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Aldara (imiquimod) cream side effects?

Burning or redness: Aldara (imiquimod) may cause some local burning or redness if applied to sensitive areas. ...Read more

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How effective is aldara (imiquimod) cream to cure my warts?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream: Quite effective, usually about 80% of time. However it may take 3 months or so and is expensive. There are numerous other treatments available for foot warts- see your local podiatrist! ...Read more

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Is it possible that imiquimod can have unforeseen adverse effects?

Yes: It is a pregnancy category c drug. This means there are no definitive studies in humans or there is a suggestion of possible negative effects through animal studies or observational studies. Like all drugs, don't use unless you need to. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with flat warts. I have been prescribed imiquimod cream and have not seen any results and have such a large amount. I don't want?

Warts are tough: Don't give up. Warts can be tough to get rid of. Not sure if you've given the imiquimod enough time to work...but there are other options should that fail. There is old fashioned 'ablation' with a freeze spray or possibly a laser- ask your dermatologist about that. I'm a fan of 'occlusion therapy'- taping them up for weeks at a time- which helps immune system to recognize the viruses are there. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Imiquimod (Definition)

There is limited data on the safety of imiquimod in pregnancy, while it doesn't appear to have negative effects on the baby, other treatments ...Read more


Dr. Byron Hapner
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Aldara (Definition)

Aldara is a topical anti-viral agent which is a ...Read more