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Use of Aldara

Hello - thank you taking this question....
      Just this afternoon,    on a pre-cancerous basal or less legion on the nose  (sorry i don't know the terms) that will be sent for biopsy my  husband was prescribed Aldaral, 3x a  week (mon-wed-fri)  for 4 (four) weeks
          I'm not asking for a diagnosis just curious to know if this seems like a mild/moderate/ or heavy-duty dosage...i am concerned about the side affects i've been reading on message boards i just 'googled' ..but realize everyone's system handles drugs differently ...
          Thank you in advance for any information given...
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Aldara cream contains the active ingredient imiquimod. Imiquimod is an immune response modifier. It causes your body to produce more interferon. Interferon is a substance which your body produces naturally to help fight viruses and some skin diseases. Although the exact way that Aldara works is unknown, it is believed to be due to its effects on the immune system.

Actinic keratoses are thickened, scaly, pre-cancerous patches of skin on the face and scalp, usually caused by too much sun exposure. Actinic keratoses are also known as solar keratoses. Aldara is used for several skin conditions. Your doctor will tell you where to apply Aldara cream, and how often and for how long to apply it for your condition.
Aldara should be applied just before bedtime and left on the skin for 6-10 hours. If your skin condition reappears you need to  talk to your doctor.

The most common side effects with Aldara cream are skin reactions at the treatment site including:

A sore, blister, or ulcer
Skin that becomes hard or thickened
Skin peeling
Scabbing and crusting

Most of these skin reactions are mild to moderate and they disappear when treatment is completed. They may be signs that the product is working. If your skin reacts badly or the skin reaction becomes too uncomfortable when using Aldara cream, wash the cream off with mild soap and water and contact your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you have a treatment rest period of several days.


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Hello and thank you for this comprehensive reply about Aldara - it is very much apprecited !!!  It was very kind of you to take the time to send such a detailed report + the website -- Most sincerely - Edythe
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