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Imiquimod Allergy In Children
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can you get back warts after its gone from using aldara (imiquimod) if your partner has HPV but no warts and was never treated?
Yes: Warts are viral they can come back. ...Read more
What's the difference between imiquimod and topical human interferon alpha-2beta? Can it be more beneficial to apply both concurrently?
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
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?
Is aldara (imiquimod) usefull for chin warts? Can I used it I had orif 2 months back? If not wts alternative I kept on removing warts for two years but comes bk
Best: Would be to have them frozen off. Aldabra might work but would probably take a long time. ...Read more
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