Aldara cream works by helping your body’s immune system to produce natural substances to fight the virus that causes genital warts. Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV is not just one virus, it is a group of viruses. In most people, they do not cause any symptoms, but some types like type 6 and 11 can cause genital warts. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) but are mostly harmless. Unlike some other STIs, there is no evidence to suggest that genital warts cause fertility issues.
Genital warts can be itchy and sore but rarely cause any pain. They can cause anxiety and a loss of confidence due to their appearance. Aldara helps to destroy both hard and soft genital warts, by being applied directly to the affected area and stimulating the immune system to get rid of them.
How long does it take for Aldara to work?
Most people who use Aldara cream find their genital warts disappear within 12 weeks, but some people find their warts clear in as little as 4 weeks. You should not use Aldara for longer than 16 weeks per episode of genital warts. If your warts are not disappearing with Aldara, especially if you have used it for the maximum amount of time, you should talk to a doctor.
In one study, the average (median) time for women who used Aldara cream to clear their warts was 8 weeks, and for men it was 12 weeks. You should continue to use Aldara until all your warts have disappeared, but for no longer than 16 weeks.
How effective is Aldara?
Aldara is a very effective treatment for getting rid of genital warts with one study showing that over 50% of people who used 5% imiquimod cream saw all their warts disappear with the treatment. This was compared to 21% of those who used 1% imiquimod cream and 11% who used vehicle cream (a cream with no medicine in it). The study also showed that 13% of patients who received the 5% imiquimod cream had a recurrence of at least 1 wart.
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