I have applied Aldara and now my skin is really irritated. What should I
Local skin reactions such as erythema (redness), erosion, excoriation
(wearing off the skin), flaking and oedema are common. Other local reactions
such as induration (hardening), ulceration, scabbing, and vesicles have also
been reported. Should an intolerable skin reaction occur, the cream should
be removed by washing the area with mild soap and water. Treatment with
Aldara cream can be resumed after the skin reaction has improved.
What are the side effects of Aldara?
Like all medications, Aldara has side effects that affect some people that
take this medication. Some very common side effects of Aldara include
redness (61% patients), wearing away of the skin (30% patients), flakiness
and swelling. Hardening under the skin, small open sores, a crust that forms
during healing, and small bubbles under the skin may also occur. You might
also feel itching (32% patients), a burning sensation (26% patients) or pain
in areas where you have applied Aldara cream (8% patients). Most of these
skin reactions are mild and the skin will return to normal within about 2
weeks after stopping treatment.