Aldara Cream Remedies Skin Damage from Sun

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A particular type of skin lesion called actinic keratosis, caused by long-term exposure to the sun, responds well to thrice-weekly application of Aldara cream, which contains a 5 percent concentration of the ...
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Terry Coughlin

Madison, AL

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May 6, 2006
 
A 4 cm. patch on my forehead was sometimes dry and susceptible to stinging from hair spray but otherwise not bothersome for the past 10 years. Liquid nitrogen treatment every two years had been pushing the active envelope out. I started Aldara treatment 3X weekly Feb 17/06, per Doctor's recommendation. The area reddened and crusted over within a few days. over the next few weeks it expanded to about 10 cm. and the new skin remains reddened and continues to expand around the periphery.
In the meantime, a 2cm. raised wart/mole on the other side of my head which I have had for the past several years, and which has raised significantly over the past year, shrunk and completely disappeared without any application of cream. My chest then became very itchy and developed a rash of welts in a ring around my neck and over the next few weeks worked their way down my chest to just above my navel. The welts, like mosquito bites, crusted over individually and shrunk back, still continuing to itch. No sloughing of of skin like the forehead, but then again, I wasn't applying cream to this area. I dropped back to 2X weekly per your instructions. The chest is mostly cleared up now, although still a little itchy. At week 10 my ears started to itch a lot. Again no cream, and they are not flaking or crusting, just itching like crazy. Additionally, I am experiencing little itchy pin-point spots on my arms and back in twenty or so places. The best relief from all of this comes from a hot shower which draws the itching out for several hours. I am using Polysporin itch relief as well.
My question is as follows: Without the topical benefit of the cream as a stimulant, is the remote immune action being generated merely antagonizing the untreated cells, while not strong enough to kill them off? Could this promote these active cells into cancerous ones?
Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Terry Coughlin e-mail: terrycoughlin@rogers.com
Richard

United States

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Jul 11, 2006
 
I am not clear, should the Aldara be applied specifically and only on the wart itself, or the area around the wart too? Say like on a 1/4 inch diameter wart - only on the head of the wart, or like a one inch diameter circle including the wart itself?

I have read so much, but that detail is not clear. And does it have to be covered to keep it from accidentally being rubbed away by clothing or general activity?

Why is this so hard for me to do?...hoping for some help - Richard
KJH

Poway, CA

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Aug 17, 2006
 
Richard, the instructions (and my doctor) specifically say do NOT cover the treated area. Treat it right before bed, rubbing in the cream. It will soak into the skin and do its job. People have reported very strong and negative reactions to the cream, but they seem to be overusing it and bandaging the area. Apply 3 x a week (MWF).
Witheld

Jacksonville, FL

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Jan 21, 2007
 
I was diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum in my groin area. The dermatologist attempted to destroy the lesions with liquid nitrogen, and prescribed Aldara to be used on the spots. He did not specify the number of times per week and the prescription implied it should be used every night. Since starting use, I have no trouble sleeping through the night, but during the day my groin itches fairly intensely and the area is reddened. Is this a common reaction? Can I use an over the counter anti-itch cream during the day to alleviate this? It really itches an awful lot and its really hard to avoid itching the area, but I have to because itching is a good way to spread Molluscum around!
John Eggers

Australia

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Mar 2, 2007
 
Sir/madam,
Please advise the recommended application of Aldara cream for BCC on face. Thank you.
georgann dudash

Collierville, TN

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Aug 16, 2007
 
I am using aldara cream on my nose .I have had two moes surgeries on my nose and it comes back .They have ask me to put the cream on 5 nights a week and 2 night off..Should I continue with this cream to be on my nose.
Anne

Barrie, Canada

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Aug 21, 2007
 
I have has 2 surgeries, 3 biopsies on my nose for BCC (I think nodular)in the past 3 years. I finally went to a Toronto teaching hospital and very glad I did (my advice, go to a leading dermatologist...don't mess around...time is too short) I now have been prescribed Aldara (10 week course - 5 nights on, 2 off). Week 6, Day3 today...lots of thick scabs, actually has gone to my left cheek as well. I don't look so great, but a minor inconvenience than another surgery (mohs scheduled for mid-october in case. Has anyone had a complete curing of their Facial (nose BCC) BCC so that they didn't need Moh's surgery?
Laura

San Rafael, CA

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Mar 14, 2009
 
I finished the treatment (stopped on my own after reading numerous reports of seriously bad side effects). The problem is, the rash won't go away! I've had it on my face for a month. Do any of you have any suggestions for a cream or some sort of treatment to calm down the rash. Seems like I've given up one problem and replaced it with another.
judith

Brisbane, Australia

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Sep 9, 2012
 
georgann dudash wrote:
I am using aldara cream on my nose .I have had two moes surgeries on my nose and it comes back .They have ask me to put the cream on 5 nights a week and 2 night off..Should I continue with this cream to be on my nose.
Yes - i had a rodent ulcer on my nose - small and potentially very destructive. It was a form of BCC and can lead to the loss of your nose if untreated (the old days this was the major cause of loss of the nose). I used Aldara on the same regime as you. My nose was a bad mess for week and the rodent ulcer did not change until week 5 when it just became the biggest mess ever, oozing a necrotic white paste. It was still recating after the Aldara was stopped. It has healed perfectly, other than a small indent where the centre of the ulcer was. I do not expect a recurrence - the skin looks very good.
Keri

Ocean Springs, MS

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Oct 14, 2012
 
AGHHHHHHH!!!!! I feel like I'm dying! I want to crawl out of my skin at the moment and scratch like crazy! I am currently applying aldara to BCC on my chest. It is on fire, blistering, and itching like like holy h*l*!! Is there anything that I can apply to my chest to help the symptoms subside so I can sleep through the night? I don't want the cancer, but the side effects are almost not worth it. I'm on day 7 and IDK if I can get through this. Any suggestions??

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