Imiquimod is a commonly used cream that can treat genital warts. It is used to adjust the responses that the immune system has to genital warts.
This cream is used to assist in the destruction of genital warts by making it easier for the immune system to work. The immune system’s response to these warts will increase in intensity, thus forcing it to work harder so the warts can be eliminated over time. It can work for up to sixteen weeks at a time.
This is used by applying the imiquimod onto the genital warts once in a day for about three days in a week. For example, a user can apply a dosage of imiquimod onto the warts on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
This cream can be managed by using individual packets. Imiquimod packets are used to keep all doses separate so the right amount of cream will be used on the genital warts. Any part of a packet that is not used up all the way will have to be thrown out for safety purposes.
The cream is not going to completely cure a person with genital warts. In fact, there is always the risk that additional warts may build up as it is being used. Still, these new warts will not be able to grow as quickly or intensely as they could thanks to the actions imiquimod has against them.
It can be applied at home. However, it helps to ask a doctor for assistance in the event that some issue involving the use of imiquimod is encountered.
Also, sexual activity should be avoided when using imiquimod. Imiquimod should not go onto other spots outside of the warts. It can also cause some condoms and other contraceptives to be less effective.
A benefit of imiquimod is that it does not have too many side effects. Redness and swelling may occur in the genital area but these are also side effects that occur with most other genital wart treatments.
The use of imiquimod for genital warts can be valuable. This can help a person out by keeping genital warts from being too serious and will keep them from growing quickly in the event that any new ones do show up while it is being used.