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Podofilox overusage: It's not a good idea to over use a product like this-you might experience increased local and possibly systemic side-effects from absorption. Besides, with the treatment of warts, you need to let the immune system 'do its thing'. You don't want to damage skin/create toxicity beyond what the medication will initially help with. Warts are like that: hit 'em, then see how things improve. Follow w/ MD ...Read more
What to do if I'm feeling so embarassed and sad..it ruined my life, I tried aldara and condylox (podofilox) but no effect.does it rlly go away in 2 years?
Venereal warts?: I am assuming from your question that you have Condylomata (Venereal warts) of the vulva and have not been able to get rid of them. First of all, both laser and cryotherapy (freezing) as well as surgical excision can remove them. Secondly, get some emotional help through a therapist or Psychologist (and maybe Rx drugs) to get past this depressive state. of mind. ...Read more
Genital warts: There is no single effective cure for removal of genital warts. A number of treatment options exist; however, no treatment is 100% effective in eliminating warts and preventing them from coming back in all patients. It also is not possible to eliminate infection with human papillomavirus once it has occurred. Genital warts may go away on their own in about 10%-20% of people over 3-5 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the success rate for podofilox? Does it target the cosmetic effects or the actual hpv virus?
Around 70-80%: Aside from surgery or cautery, all treatments are around 70-80% effective: podofilox, sinecatechins, freezing, trichloroacetic acid, imiquimod. For any of these, switch to another if the first isn't very effective. Combination treatment often is best, e.g. freezing plus podofilox. None target HPV itself, but wart removal reduces HPV load and may speed clearance by the immune system. ...Read more
What dosage do you recommend if podofilox is taken ? And is leflox a good antibiotic to fight such bacteria ? And lastly can the warts spread all over
Genital warts?: Podofilox is simply applied to warts, usually without other consideration of the dose. Sometimes daily, other times only 2-3 times a week; follow the instructions on your prescription or that you received from your doctor or clinic. Levofloxacin has no effect on warts or HPV, the virus that causes them. Warts almost never "spread all over". Clarify any further question with your doctor. ...Read more
Aldara (imiquimod): Aldara (imiquimod) is a prescription cream used 3x/wk x 12 weeks and is very effective treatment for condyloma. It is an immune modulator which amps up your immune system which in turn destroys the hpv virus. Also quit smoking as smoking acts as a cofactor in allowing the virus to thrive. Thus, the combination of Aldara (imiquimod) and smoking cessation should be very effective treatment for condyloma. ...Read more
You mean warts ?: The HPV warts can self clear over a period of 2 years or so. You can destroy them with caustic material like the podofilox, freeze them (liquid nitrogen, nitrous oxide cryopen), cut them off (avoid) or burn them off with laser treatments. There is a possibility for them to re-appear, since the germ can hibernate in other skin locations. A dermatologist or urologist would likely have a preference ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aldara (imiquimod) (Imiqimod): Boosts your immune system which helps toeliminate hpv virus. 70 - 85% effective. Other alternatives are freezing with liqid nitrogen, electrocauery to reove with electric current or laser vaporization or excisiion. These methods are up to 90% effective. However, genial warts can recur after any hpv wart treatment. ...Read more