Aldara, or Imiquimod Cream, is a prescription drug cream or ointment that is prescribed by some dermatologists to treat different kinds of skin problems like actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and external genital warts. It is sometimes prescribed for molluscum contagiosum.
Does It Work?
Aldara has been proven to work in some cases. Aldara does not kill the virus directly, but rather irritates the skin so that the body's own immune system will become active in the area, and that might kill off the virus. Aldara is not guaranteed to work for everyone with molluscum.
Aldara has the following major disadvantages:
- It needs to be prescribed by a doctor. You cannot buy it off-the-counter
- It is very expensive
- It takes a long time to work, sometimes 2 months or more
- It is not guaranteed to work
- Swelling, burning sensation, and discomfort of the skin for the duration of the lengthy treatment
Aldara may work as a treament for your molluscum bumps, but it is an expensive overkill, and it will take a long time to take effect.
My Rating for Aldara: 5/10
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