Imiquimod is a topical medicine that is used to treat actinic keratoses (too much sun exposure results in scaly skin growths), superficial basal cell carcinoma, genital and anal warts. This medicine belongs to the class of drugs called immune response modifiers. It works by activating your immune system to fight off these skin conditions.
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What are those non-itchy, multiplying bumps on penis?
Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed these bumps and spots on the bar of my boyfriend's penis. It does not seem to cause any discomfort to him such as itching or sensitive to touch. We have been sexually active supposedly monogamous for a year. I noted the first one about three months ago and they seem to be m... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and descriptions. These lesions seem to be genital warts (condyloma acuminata). It is a contagious disease, caused by human papilloma virus. Generally, two thirds of individuals who have sexual... Read Full »
Do I need biopsy for genital warts on penile head?
Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with genital warts on the penile head. I was given Imiquimod cream to be applied for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning on alternate days and then wash off. The treatment went on for two months. Warts became lighter but did not go completely. They are definitely better tha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Imiquimod is good medicine for genital wart. It has to be applied thrice a week for 16 weeks. If you see results with Imiquimod, I would suggest you stick to Imiquimod and complete the full course. Other options for genital wart are Podowart application (Podophyllotox... Read Full »
There are recurrent cluster of bumps on the penis every three months. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a cluster of bumps on the penis. This has been going on and off for two years. I have this recurrent cluster of bumps. They appear at the same spot about every three months. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your concern may be condylomata accuminata. It is a type of viral infection due to human papillomavirus. Do you have any history of unprotected sexual exposure? If yes, go for an STD panel investigation which includes: VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory). ... Read Full »
How to cure the wart-like growth on my foreskin that is recurrent?
Query: Hi doctor, I had wart-like growth on my foreskin. I consulted a doctor, who asked me to get a circumcision done. So I got the circumcision done. The biopsy result showed that they were viral warts (condyloma acuminatum), and the doctor gave me tablet Valtoval for a month. After going through the int... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. You are right in saying that genital warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and even the biopsy of the excised skin confirmed the same. Although there are some reports that Valtoval (Valacyclovir) has some eff... Read Full »
Would you please suggest a good treatment for the wart in my testicle?
Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed some wart-like thing in my testicle. It has been present for more than eight months now, but still, it is intact. The worrying part is it is not disappearing, and it is spread across the testicles. From a young age, I have constantly been facing the issue of warts in ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, and I will help you with it.I have seen the attached image (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), which looks like warts. Have you ever done a biopsy of your lesion?As around 50 percent of warts are associated with HPV (Hum... Read Full »
How to get rid of porokeratosis?
Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed to have porokeratosis through a biopsy. I used Imiquimod cream and it was gone. After three years, the area started itching again now. Is it due to the recurrence of the same disease? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Which part of your body was involved? What type of porokeratosis (keratinization disorder) it was? Please send image. Like in case of actinic porokeratosis when exposed to sunlight or radiation, there are chances of recurrence. When associated with an immunosuppressive ... Read Full »
Can HPV be transmitted by kissing?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a few warts on my leg and a barely noticeable wart on my penis. My doctor said that they look like HPV. He advised me to apply antifungal and steroid cream and wear condoms. The cream was not very effective even after four days. Can it be something other than HPV? Will condom... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, a condom will prevent transmission. No, HPV will not get transmitted by kissing. The lesion on your leg can be due to HPV (human papillomavirus), but its probability is low. Genital warts regress spontaneously within months or years, but, the guideli... Read Full »
I am having a few genital warts, for which I tried some home remedies. How to get rid off it?
Query: Hello doctor, I believe I am having a few genital warts, for which I tried some home remedies as well as wart freeze away recently. Why there is redness around them? What are the possible ways to get rid of it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, those are genital warts (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is an STD caused by HPV infection. Surrounding redness is perhaps due to irritation to the home remedies that you have used. If I were the treating doctor, I would suggest either electr... Read Full »
Will genital wart turn cancerous?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a male in 30s and noticed three skin warts a few months ago but I thought they will go by themselves but they are not going. Though I did not notice much increase in size since I first noticed them but I am feeling some itchiness on these for the last few days. Otherwise, I am ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First thing, warts can be acquired by non-sexual contact also. As you mentioned about the massage, it is highly possible that you acquired it from this source only. My first advice is do not touch these warts frequently as it can lead to the spread of warts to other... Read Full »
How are venereal warts treated?
Query: Hello doctor, I have developed venereal warts under my penis foreskin. They are not painful and are non-itchy as well. As it is a matter of concern that how I developed it, my doctor on seeing it directly asked to go for a laser surgery. Kindly look over the matter and seek necessary help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Genital warts are usually acquired by sexual contact. If the lesions are small, you can apply Imiquimod ointment on them for few days and they will clear. If they are extensive, then you should undergo laser cauterization or cryocautery. If they are confined to... Read Full »