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.

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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...

If I have loads of aks all over abdomen (bikini sun exposure 40yr ago), why wouldn't derm prescribe aldara (imiquimod)?

Aldara (imiquimod) for warts. Aldara (imiquimod) is used to treat warts, aks are usually frozen off with liquid nitrogen. Read more...
Not sure. Aldara (imiquimod) is used to treat warts but can also be used to treat ak's. However, there are other treatments that are used for ak's like freezing them off with liquid nitrogen, surgical removing them if irritated or hypertrophic or irritated, or other creams (topical chemotherapy) that are used for ak's. Read more...

Is actinic keratosis a real problem? Can I treat it with aldara (imiquimod)?

Yes and Yes. Yes, actinic keratosis is a real problem. It is a premalignant condition caused by sun exposure. If left untreated, actinic keratosis can progress to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Threatments include freezing by liquid nitrogen; 5-FU chemo cream; immune modifier Aldara (imiquimod) cream... Read more...
Possibly. Actinic keratosis (ak) is a sign that your skin has had excessive sun exposure. It may represent a "pre-cancerous" lesion as some will become skin cancers eventually. If you have ak's then you should have a thorough check up by a dermatologist to be sure you don't already have skin cancer and you can get advice on how best to treat your ak's. Read more...