Warticon & GW

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I’ve been dealing with genital warts now for a while and just wanted some advice. I’m currently using warticon cream and after the end of the first cycle the warts looked almost gone, however not completely. So I applied again and now they have turned white with more popping up and are sore to touch. Is this a normal reaction to the cream and does this mean it is working? Please can anybody provide their own experiences with GW or the cream?

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    It's some years ago that I used Warticon on my genital warts. As I remember my experience was similar. Despite being very careful to keep the cream on the warts I did get a bit red and sore. Also it was quite difficult to tell when to stop treatment. Like you i could see a white spot in the centre of the red and couldn't tell whether I had killed the wart off or not. The treatment did work for me but I think I treated for 3 weeks which may have been longer than I really needed.

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    I found Warticon to be quite effective but when I used it for a while it used to burn the skin and make the skin really sore, are you accidentally touching other areas when you apply the cream as that can caused the warts to spread. I've had GW for 5 years now and I get any that pop up frozen off.

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      I've just started using imiquimod again as that seemed to work last time - however i discontinued use before they were fully gone and the warts returned. Have you had outbreaks frequently? And what information were you told in regard to informing future partners? Everything I read and everyone I speak to has been given different information.

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    Dear anomtb,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I would NOT suggest using Warticon continuously. The "3 days on and 4 days off regime" is recommended for a reason because it works as a antimitotic- i.e. it kills dividing cells. The white skin you're developed is basically dead skin cells shedding; so if you use it continuously you're just causing more damage to your healthy skin unnecessarily.

    How long have you been troubled by warts? And how long have you been using Warticon for? If you've had warts for >3 months and tried Warticon for the same length of time, it's probably time to speak to your specialist about alternative treatments.

    Rgds,

    Adhari.

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      Hi Adhari,

      I've been suffering with them since August 2018. I saw 12 different nurses/doctors and all said there was nothing to worry about. Until one day I went back to the clinic in February 2019 and the doctor said it looked like warts. I've tried cryotherapy, imiquimod, warticon and I'm now using imiquimod again and they haven't disappeared with warticon. Imiquimod has worked in the past for me but I think i discontinued use before they were fully gone and subsequently they returned. Feeling really deflated at the thought that these might not ever go. Also worried that I have some internally but the nurse checked last month and said everything looks perfectly normal. Just concerned because the inside of my vagina feels bumpy.

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      Dear anomtb,

      Sorry to hear that you've been troubled by this infection since August 2018.

      Do you smoke? If so, please stop.

      Have any of the doctors suggested a course of vaccination with Gardasil to boost your immune response to HPV infection?

      It's anecdotal and 'off licence' but therapeutic vaccination does work in some people with persistent warts.

      Here are a few reports from Pubmed:

      1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6541142/
      2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28070898

      Reference 1 has quite a graphic description with 'before' and 'after' photos of a woman who received Gardasil.

      If you've not received Gardasil at school, perhaps it's something to mention when you next attend clinic. I don't know where you live or how old you are but certain countries have qualifying criteria that may enable you to get vaccinated for free as part of a 'catch-up' campaign. Otherwise you'd have to consider pay for the course of vaccination.

      Hope this helps,

      Adhari.

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      Hi again,

      I received it in school but it was the older vaccine that only covered cervical cancer rather than the garsadil that covered GW strains too. I'm more than happy to pay for it if it means there is a chance they will stop returning. They've disappeared twice in the past but ended up coming back, so maybe the vaccine will work. I'm not sure if there is a way I can find out if I'm eligible under the NHS or if I would need to pay. Either way, once lockdown is over I am quite happy to pay.

      Thanks for the help!

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      I've contacted my local doctors and they're going to check on my record to see if I have had the vaccine before. However if I did it wasn't Garsadil but was Cervarix - I was the last year group to receive this one before it changed to the Garsadil. Also forgot to mention I'm in the UK and am 21.

      I've been trying to find more articles that show the success rate of the vaccine clearing recurrent warts but there isnt too many out there.

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