Aldara is a cream that contains the active ingredient imiquimod. It is used to treat genital warts. It works by boosting your own immune system to tackle the human papillomavirus that causes the warts. Most of the human papillomavirus lives in the warts themselves, so if you treat them, you should be able to get rid of the virus. Often though, warts reappear after a short time because, in these cases, the virus has already started to spread prior to treatment.
You must follow the instructions of your doctor when using it. It usually comes in sachets so that you don’t use too much of it, but be sure to wash your hands before and after using it. Don’t reuse the sachets once you have opened them. You should wash off the cream after 8-10 hours. If you do have sex, make sure you do not leave the cream on.
Aldara is only for external use. You must not let it come into contact with your bloodstream (e.g. through a cut, scrape or patch of inflammation) or mucous membrane (e.g. your mouth, anus, vagina).
If Aldara or condyline are not effective, some genital warts may need to be frozen or cut off, or chemically removed by a doctor.
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