How does Aldara work to treat HPV?
Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Imiquimod cream works to eradicate this virus by helping the body stimulate its own defence mechanisms, acting as an immune response modifier (IRM). Essentially, it helps the body attack the virus itself by stimulating the production of cytokines that stop the virus from multiplying in cells. They also reduce cell abnormalities.
With the help of imiquimod, the immune system releases chemicals to attack and kill viruses. It stops the HPV in its tracks by preventing it from multiplying inside cells. When the HPV type 6 & 11 is killed, your genital warts should clear. Warts treated with Aldara are less likely to recur, and you may never have them again.
Getting rid of genital warts
Genital warts cannot be 100% cured — only treated. When your immune system is under stress, warts may reappear; even after a successful course of treatment.
The only non-medicinal treatments for Aldara Cream is to have the warts physically removed. This is often only used in more severe cases when all medicinal treatments have been exhausted. You will have to speak to your GP for further information.
Read more about how to get rid of genital warts here.
Aldara Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/823/pil