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Aldara (imiquimod) is a cream used to treat many skin conditions, including genital warts. It acts as an immune response modifier (IRM), which means it works with the immune system to stimulate the body's natural defence mechanisms. The cream is designed for topical use for external genital warts and can be used in patients over the age of 12.
You can buy Aldara online from HealthExpress today simply by completing an online consultation. This free consultation will be reviewed by one of our doctors, who will assess whether Aldara is the most suitable treatment for you.
What are the benefits of Aldara?
Aldara (imiquimod) is an effective treatment to reduce the appearance of warts. If applied correctly, the cream should clear the outbreak within 16 weeks. In addition to this, it can also reduce the pain or discomfort associated with genital warts and only needs to be applied three times per week. The cream is easy to apply and is MHRA-approved, which means you can be sure you are using a safe and effective treatment.
How does Aldara work?
Aldara contains the active ingredient imiquimod, which acts by stimulating the natural defence mechanisms of the body. Scientists believe that the imiquimod binds to the immune cells present in skin and causes them to release defence chemicals known as cytokines.
Cytokines help the immune system to fight viral infections by preventing the multiplication of viruses in cells. They also help to stop malignant or abnormal cells from increasing. As genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), Aldara (imiquimod) stimulates the body's immune system to target the HPV virus directly, which treats the genital warts.
Who can take it?
There are some people who should buy Aldara (imiquimod) cream with caution as it may cause adverse reactions or simply not work effectively. These groups of people include:
- People who have had an organ transplant
- People with auto-immune conditions or a weakened immune system
- Uncircumcised men who have warts on or under the foreskin
- Those with inflammatory skin conditions
This medication is not suitable for children. It is also not safe for adults who are allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream. If the genital warts are inside the genitals or anus, this medication should not be used as Aldara (imiquimod) cream is meant for external genital warts only.
How do you take Aldara?
Aldara (imiquimod) cream is most effective if it is applied three times per week to the external genital warts. It should be applied in a thin layer to the infected area and rubbed in until you can no longer see the cream. This should be done before falling asleep and washed off after six to ten hours with mild soap and water. It is important to wash your hands before and after you apply the cream.
You should continue the treatment until the warts have cleared, for no longer than 16 weeks. Do not apply the cream to broken or wounded skin, and make sure that you only apply it in a thin layer.
What are the side effects of Aldara (imiquimod)?
Aldara is a prescription medication and as such contains a small risk of adverse side effects. If these do occur they are likely to be mild and could involve mild irritation of the skin; flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches or chills; a stuffy nose, sneezing or a sore throat; headaches, back ache or muscle pain; nausea or diarrhoea.
There is a small possibility of more serious side effects. If you feel you are experiencing any of the following, you should consult a doctor as a matter of urgency: any kind of allergic reaction including hives or rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips or throat; chest pain or an irregular heartbeat; vaginal pain or swelling; blistering, bleeding, severe irritation or pain at the application site.
Other side effects can occur using this treatment. If you are concerned about any side effect caused by this treatment you should contact a qualified healthcare provider for advice.
How to buy Aldara online
If you would like to buy Aldara online, you can complete a free online consultation form here at HealthExpress. This is a short but important part of the process where you will provide information about your medical history which will help our doctors to assess the suitability of this treatment for you. If it is approved, you can complete your order and our doctor will write a prescription which will then be dispensed by our registered pharmacy. It will be shipped, free of charge, for next-day delivery.
Please note that the manufacturer of Aldara may differ from that shown on the image above, but the ingredients, benefits and possible side effects of the medication will be the same.