You need to use Aldara cream three times a week, leaving at least one day between applications (for example Mon, Wed and Fri). The cream is used in the evening, before going to bed.
Apply Aldara cream as follows:
1. Wash your hands and the treatment area using a mild soap and water. Rinse and dry the application area thoroughly.
2. Aldara cream comes in several individual sachets. Use one sachet per application. Squeeze a small amount of Aldara onto your fingertip and spread it evenly in a thin layer on the affected area. Gently rub the cream into the skin until it has vanished completely.
3. Dispose of the used sachet and wash your hands thoroughly.
4. Leave the cream on for 6 - 10 hours before washing it off with a mild soap and water.
Where can I use Aldara?
Imiquimod can be used on the genitals and around the anus. It can not be used to treat internal warts inside the anus, vagina or the urethra (the hole where you pass urine). It is important that you avoid contact with lips, eyes, nostrils and mouth. Wash your hands immediately after application to reduce the risk of rubbing the cream in your eyes. You can not use Aldara on sore or damaged skin. Do not use bandages to cover up the area after using the cream.
We advise refraining from sexual activity whilst you have warts, but if you do have sex, you should not use the cream before sexual activity and you should remember that Aldara may weaken condoms or diaphragms.
If you experience discomfort during the treatment, wash the cream off and try using it again at a later date, when the skin irritation has subsided.
Who can not use Aldara?
You can not use Aldara or any other imiquimod cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
. Aldara cream has been found to be less effective in patients who are HIV
positive. Tell your doctor if you have any condition which affects your immune system. Tell your doctor if you have recently had an unusual blood test result. The cream is recommended for use in adults only. You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant.
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