Treating Actinic Keratoses with Aldara

Prescription Cream Is Used to Treat Actinic Keratoses Before They Can Develop Into Skin Cancer. An actinic keratosis is a skin growth that usually develops on areas of the body that are exposed to direct sunlight. Actinic keratoses (plural) may be in any shape and can be skin-colored, reddish-brown, or yellowish-black, and can be as mall as a pinhead to larger than an inch wide. The surface of an actinic keratosis is usually dry and can be rough to the touch. An actinic keratosis can also become an unsightly growth if it is too large or in a highly visible location on the face or balding scalp, and can also be an inconvenience to work around when shaving or combing the hair.

How Actinic Keratosis Is Caused and Its Possible Consequences
Actinic keratoses is most commonly the result of extensive exposure to the sun over a long period of time, and is more likely among people with fair skin and blonde or red hair, although people with darker skin can also develop actinic keratoses. If untreated, 10% to 15% of actinic keratoses may develop into a skin cancer known as squamous cell cancer. One way of treating and eliminating actinic keratoses is by using prescription cream Aldara.

How Aldara Cream Works
Aldara cream, which activates the body’s immune system to fight and eliminate the growth, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an actinic keratosis treatment, as well as a treatment for genital warts and superficial basal cell carcinoma. When Aldara is applied to the affected area, immune cells become activated and migrate to that area. Aldara, which causes actinic keratoses to fall off during the course of treatment, may help you avoid surgery or some other type of more radical actinic keratosis removal procedure. Actinic keratosis treatment of actinic keratoses normally lasts for 16 weeks, with the medication applied a couple times per week and then washed off after eight hours. Your prescription from will include specific dosage information for you.

What to Expect During Your Treatment with Aldara Cream
Reactions and responses to Aldara cream can vary from person to person. Some of the common effects that may happen as Aldara works include:
• redness
• swelling
• itching
• flaking
• scabbing at or around the application site

Less commonly, treatment with Aldara can result in:
• small open Sores
• drainage
• itching
• burning

In addition, actinic keratoses that were not previously apparent may appear during treatment and may later disappear.

Possible Side Effects of Aldara
As with nearly any medication, users of Aldara cream, which works with the immune system, may experience side effects. These might include:
• Headache
• Back pain
• Muscle aches
• Tiredness
• Flu-like symptoms
• Swollen lymph nodes
• Diarrhea
• Fungal infections

The chance of skin reactions is increased if you use too much Aldara or use it incorrectly. For best results, follow prescription instructions closely.

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