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Avatar m tn He looked at the bumps for about 15 sec and said it was viral and that was it. He prescribed me Aldara and I've been using it for about 3 weeks now. My question to the forum is how well/soon did Aldara work for you? Since I've started using Aldara, I have noticed zero improvement so I'm just curious how long it took. And the doctor never said anything about genital warts, just that it was viral, is it common to prescribe Aldara for something other than genital warts?
Avatar n tn Welcome to the forum. Imiquimod (Aldara) commonly causes irritation, including various combinations of redness, soreness, and sometimes overt ulceration of the treated tissues. In fact, that's how it works against warts -- causing inflammation in and around wart tissues. And herpes doesn't cause redness as it's only symptom. For confirmation, you should discuss this with the doctor or clinic that prescribed your imiquimod treatment.
Avatar m tn i have hsv1 hsv2 and genital warts my doc just gave me imiquimod cream to apply to these lil warts on my shaft. can i still be healthy i think i had a breakout on my belly button is that possible? will the warts get bigger or spread some where else would i break out in my mouth?
Avatar n tn (I already have oral HSV1) 2) I have HPV with a small genital wart that I am treating with Imiquimod cream but has not yet gone away (the wart is on the other side of my penis, not the part of the penis that rubbed against her as I laid on my back, so I am sure the wart did not touch her) What is her risk of contracting genital warts from me??? 3) I would like to continue applying the Imiquimod cream, but I also want to monitor my penis over the next 14 days for any signs of herpes.
Avatar n tn That happens all the time. Whatever treatment is used - imiquimod (Aldara), podofilox (Condylox), freezing, trichloroacetic acid, and others - it is common for warts to respond initially and then become resistant. Overall, Aldara is effective in eradicating warts about 60-70% of the time. Check with the provider who prescribed your treatment; the first thing is to be certain you really have persistent wart tissue and not just a heaped up scar.
Avatar f tn Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question. There are around 40 types of HPV that primarily infect the genital area and are sexually transmitted. Gardasil protects against 4 of them, including the two that cause about 90% of genital warts and two others responsible for around 70% of cervical cancer. Against those strains, it is among the most effective vaccines every developed, against any infection.
Avatar n tn Your wording implies you somehow have come to believe that imiquimod is the treatment of choice. You aren't alone; lots of MedHelp user seem to have that impression. Music to the manufacturer's ears, and a testament to their marketing strategy, but just plain wrong. Imiqimod is no more effective than any other wart treatment, either in terms of speed of response, completeness of response, or recurrence rate.
Avatar m tn 2, Is it useful for me to use Imiquimod with no genital warts? Or does Imiquimod useful to help me clear the hpv virus in three months? 3, I also have an ulcers on my penis a week ago which can be seen when it's wet (it become white), and it disappear after 5 days. I kind of thought it's because of the allergy of Imiquimod. But does herpes appear 3 months after the sex? 4, Cause I have hpvs, and I have to share bath room with my parents which makes me very scared cause I hope them ok.
Avatar n tn Recurrent genital warts aren't the usual outcome from HPV, but when it happens it can be a real hassle. All the local treatments--acid, freezing, imiquimod (Aldara), podphyllin, podfilox (Condylox), and surgical removal--work only "pretty well"--better and some people than others, and with risk that warts will recur. But properly used, none should cause permanent scarring; I wonder whether you left the acid on longer than recommended.
Avatar m tn Hello, Thank you very much for your post and welcome to our STI forum. The best advice for you would be to seek medical attention wherever you are. The most effective treatment for both of you would be cryotherapy treatment with liquid nitrogen, which is safe during pregnancy. If this is not possible, only in your case (and not your wife's) you could treat them yourself with either Warticon (podophyllotoxin) or Aldara (Imiquimod).
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Avatar n tn I try not to make specific diagnoses online; and in any case, you don't provide enough information for any certainty at all. For example, "crotch" means different things to different people; most people use it to mean the groin, the area where the thigh meets the leg, or between the labia and leg.
Avatar n tn With apology, I do not look at posted clinical photos. Others don't feel this way (e.g., Dr. Rockoff in the dermatology forum)--but to my thinking, it comes too close to practicing medicine from a distance. As to the other questions: 2) It might occur, but rarely; common (nongenital) warts rarely affect the genitals. 3) This has been addressed many times. Some experts believe that all HPV infections are permanent, but the answer isn't known for sure.
Avatar n tn Your doctor is mostly right, and it sounds like he knows how to treat molluscum contagiosum. However, he is wrong about transmission; in adults, the infection is almost entirely sexually acquired. As in your case, lesions occur mostly around but not on the genitals--lower abdomen, scrotum, and thighs are much more common sites than penis or labia. On to your specific questions: 1) The virus may remain latent in some cases, but probably rare.
Avatar n tn I initially saw a doctor at a walk-in-clinic who was quick to diagnose it as an HPV wart and prescribe me Vyloma (Imiquimod) cream to apply it until it goes away. I was extremely concerned so I made an appointment at a local sexual health clinic for that same day, and the doctor there told me it was indeed a wart but most likely not HPV. My question is this: - Should I use the Imiquimod regardless? Can it help even if it is not an HPV wart?
Avatar m tn very good news my hbsag keeps going down, difficult to say if it is the effect of etv plus tdf combo or the imiquimod i used in 2012 or the maitake supplements i am taking now, anyway what matters is hbsag goes down: 20 apr 2012 7309iu/ml 21 jun 2012 5210iu/ml 16 nov 2012 3687iu/ml 10 jan 2013 4207iu/ml 28 feb 2013 3644iu/ml 27 mar 2013 4163iu/ml 22 may2013 3201iu/ml the maitake i am taking now is from puritans, i take from 6 to 9 caps a day, it has no sides so i take 3 times the s
Avatar n tn Welcome back to the forum. I doubt your genital bump is due to HPV. On reviewing your previous thread, I see you tested positive for HPV. But so will 30-40% of all younger (age 15-30) sexually active persons. And since you apparently have had a similar bump "for years", I doubt it's a wart. It it is, imiquimod (Aldara) is not guaranteed effective. It cures about 60-70% of genital warts. So my guess is your genital bump is not a wart, and may not be abnormal.
Avatar m tn Welcome to the forum. I'll try to help. First and perhaps most important, your situation is not all that unusual or atypical. Anal warts are less frequent in straight men than in gay men and women, but they are by no means uncommon. Some but not all are associated with genital warrs.
Avatar m tn Any thoughts? And whats the best way to get rid of this? My doctor gave my Imiquimod Cream but it seems to be making it worse Thanks.
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Avatar n tn Presumably your diagnosis of warts has been confirmed by a knowledgeable provider. Warts that "keep popping up" are atypical, so be sure you have the right diagnosis for each occurrence. Is there any chance the recurrent lesions are herpes and not warts? That said, the answer is yes, imiquimod (Aldara) can cause irritation and soreness that could mimic herpes, and a secondary infection could cause lymph node enlargement. Tight clothing isn't the issue.
Avatar f tn I'll try to help, but the main thing is to return to your doctor, tell her all you say here then let her work it out. If you're not happy with her understanding or apparent knowledge, find another one. Your local health department STD clinic or a family planning clinic like Planned Parenthood would be good options for expert advice. In any case, you will never get definite answers online, either by looking at information about various infections or asking questions of distant experts.
Avatar n tn Most HPV infections clear up entirely, even without treatment. Therefore, it is uncommon for genital warts to persist for more than a few months, and it is rare for previously resolved warts to reappear. Therefore, if your doctor believed the irregularities in your skin were due to scar tissue, that's almost certainly what is going on. My guess is that the "cream" was imiquimod (trade name Aldara). From what you say, I wouldn't have prescribed it.
Avatar f tn Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question. Internal rectal warts are a difficult management problem. There has not been very much systematic research; most of what we know is based on the reported experience of protologists and other who treat them. In general, they appear to clear up within a few months, sometimes longer -- but until then, recurrences are not uncommon.
1306047 tn?1333247191 Greetings, I don't come around here much any more, but two/three years ago I was quite active on this forum. Recently I may have had another outbreak after 2 1/2 years without. Doctor gave me Aldara. Thought I'd pass my thoughts along. I've had warts burned off with nitrogen and cauterized as well. Aldara doesn't seem to be an alternative to me. First, you have to apply three nights a week for three months.
Avatar n tn Based on your description, the red spots do not suggest any STD. On this forum we do not examine posted photos. For practical purposes, the only STDs that conceivably could cause such a symptom are herpes and the secondary stage of syphilis. But herpes lesions would turn into painful open sores and then heal, always within 2-3 weeks. And syphilis rarely causes small spots only in that location; you would have had a body-wide rash.
Avatar m tn Welcome to the forum. I'm not sure how helpful my comments will be, but I'll try. First, regarding molluscum contagiosum: I know this isn't your main concern, so I'll just say lesions commonly keep appearing up to a few months, but eventually they will stop. There are no long term health consequences. As for the warts, there are some atypical features. Genital warts rarely continue to recur as long as a year.
Avatar n tn I mentioned that the dermatologist who made the diagnosis prescribed me a medication called Aldara (you'll sometimes hear of it under the name Imiquimod). The doc here said he had never heard reports of treating MC with that medication. Among the lots of research I have done about MC on the internet, I have learned it is only beginning to be studied as a treatment. I have been using the medication since 2 weeks and it works well for the lesions on my lower abdomen.
Avatar m tn Welcome to the forum. Thank you for researching the topic before asking your questions. And they are excellent questions indeed -- in fact, I'm going to use this as an opportunity for a blog-like response, so that future questioners can be referred to it when appropriate. It is not uncommon for warts to first appear as long as 2 years after being infected with HPV. It can be as quick as 2-3 months but averages 6-9 months, and can take well over 2 years.