How Effective Is Aldara for Treating Abnormal Skin Growths?

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Are you struggling with abnormal skin growths?

Whether you have skin lesions caused by pre-cancerous cells or certain types of warts, it can be hard to find a safe and effective method of treatment.

Aldara is a specific treatment option that can help treat your abnormal skin growths. Keep reading to learn what this medication is, the side effects, how it works, and more.

What Is Aldara?

Aldara is a brand name medication also known by the generic name Imiquimod. It is a topical medication that comes in the form of a cream.

This cream is directly applied to the affected area once per day for a certain number of weeks depending on the ailment you are treating.

How Does Aldara Work?

Aldara is a type of drug called an immune response modifier. This means that this medication helps to boost your immune response.

By applying this medication topically to abnormal skin growths and lesions, you’ll be giving your immune system a boost that will activate certain cells and responses. Specifically, the drug within this medication promotes cellular immune responses and anti-viral cellular processes.

This helps your immune system fight off the cells or disorders causing the growths.

Treatment for Abnormal Skin Growths

Aldara’s effect on the immune system makes it applicable for treatment of a number of different ailments and lesions.

Genital Warts

External genital warts are a result of the sexually transmitted disease called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common STD in the United States, affecting 79 million Americans. Of these 79 million people, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 has genital warts.

While you can’t be cured of HPV or genital warts, there are a few different treatment methods to help get rid of warts. Some treatments include cryotherapy (freezing warts off), laser therapy, as well as electrodesiccation.

A newly recognized treatment method for external genital warts is the use of Aldara. Studies have shown that this medication can help remove genital warts and reduce the time between wart reoccurrence.

You should apply the cream directly to warts once per day for as long as your doctor directs. Avoid getting any cream on the internal parts of your genitals, as this can cause burning and damage.

Usually, treatment of genital warts with this medication runs for a maximum of 16 weeks. Speak to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you and your condition.

Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma

Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma, shortened to sBCC, is a specific type of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer is benign, but it does result in abnormal skin growths, lumps, and lesions.

This type of skin cancer is usually the result of UV radiation from sunlight after long-term exposure. Some sBCC lesions or growths can be removed with cryotherapy, excision, or electrodesiccation.

Aldara is another treatment option for sBCC growths. However, this drug can only be used on superficial BCC growths, meaning that the growth is only on the skin’s surface level and not growing deeper into the tissue.

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Studies show that this drug has very high rates of success in treating sBCC skin growths. This same study also showed that this treatment has long-term success after following up with patients 5 years without reoccurrence.

The cream is applied directly to the sBCC skin growth for a number of weeks. Usually, the cream is applied to the entire area of the growth as well as a bit beyond the visible edges of the growth. This is done in order to treat potentially infected or mutated nearby cells that could lead to more growths in the future.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a skin condition that usually affects older adults. Scaly and rough patches of skin form on places that have had years of exposure to the sun.

These patches are usually found on the forehead, face, ears, lips, scalp, neck, and arms. These lesions have no other effects and can take years to form.

They are usually benign. However, a very small percentage of these skin patches can eventually lead to skin cancer, so they are best treated.

You can apply the cream to the affected area daily or as often as your doctor instructs. You should not, however, be applying this medication to AK lesions that appear on your lips, in your nose, or very close to your eyes.

Aldara Side Effects

As a topical drug applied directly to the skin, there are certain side effects that you might experience.

The most common side effects are skin reactions in the area that the cream is applied. These skin reactions can include:

  • Flaking
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Scaliness
  • Scabbing
  • Blistering
  • Itchiness/Irritation

Besides skin reactions, patients have also reported the following side effects:

  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath

These side effects are usually mild and will eventually subside. Most often they do not require medical attention.

However, if you find that these side effects are having a significant effect on your everyday life, talk to your doctor. Severe skin reactions along with dizziness, intense pain, and confusion could be a sign of a severe reaction or overdose.

If you experience these effects, seek medical attention.

Wrapping Up

Abnormal skin growths can range from being uncomfortable and unattractive to precancerous growths and side effects of an STD. Whatever the cause of skin growths, most people want them removed and treated.

If other treatments can’t be applied or you are unable to undergo other treatment procedures, Aldara might be for you. This topical treatment requires no surgery or procedures, and it can be applied to a number of different skin growth treatment plans.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.


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