I'll go straight to your questions.
1) Most doctors can accurately recognize and diagnose genital warts. On the other hand, as you apparently know, your risk seems to have been low, so that has to raise a question about whether the dianosis was accurate. Imiquimod (Aldara) works by causing the wart to become inflamed, so early swelling and pain are common. However, normally the wart would start to shrink within 3 weeks, so that might be additional evidence that you have something other than warts.
2) You really need to see a health care provider. I cannot give specific treatment advice one way or the other; that's to close to practicing medicine from a distance, which I cannot do. It should be possible (even if inconvenient) to find a knowledgeable provider, especially if you are in an industrialized country. If nothing else, contact any major (expensive) hotel that serves western tourists and they'll probably be able to help you find a reliable, English-speaking doctor.
3, 4) Warts themselves generally don't cause vaginal discharge, or genital swelling and irritationm and inflammation from Aldara should clear up within a few days of stopping treatment.
5) Warts eventually clear up on their own, but it can take many months.
Bottom line (no pun intended): You need to find a way to see a health care provider. Sorry I can't be more helpful than that.
Best wishes-- HHH, MD
Thanks for the reply.
One last question: is there anything that can explain why my genitals are swollen and have been like that for the past couple of months?
As speculation, it seems possible that most of your symptoms--itching, irritation, swelling, discharge--could all be due to a yeast infection. Yeast won't cause wart-like bumps, though. If you really cannot get to a provider, you could try an over-the-counter yeast treatment. Look for a product for which the active ingrediate ends in "azole", like miconazole, butaconazole, and many others. But if things don't promtly and completely clear up, definitely see a provider.
I started using Aldara 4 weeks ago on warts that had been consistently reacurring on my perenium area. (I am female). The Aldara has worked well and made them shrink away. I was hoping you would know - Will it do any harm if I continue to apply the cream in this reaccuring area for another few weeks so that they dont reaccur again so soon? I was told it draws the immune system to the area. I have just spent alot of money on this cream and would like to keep using it while I have some left if it will prevent them returning. Thanks so much for your time.
I'm glad you saw a provider and got it sorted out. Most likely you can rely on the second provider's diagnosis and advice, not the first--if only because your risk for genital warts was so low, making that diagnosis less credible than skin tags.
Sorry, I can't predict whether any particular skin tag or other bump will regress in size or when. The specialist should be able to answer that question, though.
Thanks for the thanks. Best wishes--
i was actually able to find a specialist and so i went and saw her and after taking a look at my genitals, she informed me that what i have is not genital warts but skin tags! she also told me that i should stop the aldara and that i should have never been prescribed with it since i dont have warts.
So now i have completly different opinions from different doctors, but i think i trust the last one that i saw most since shes a specialist. But the only concern that i have is that she said that the 'bump' on my labia is normal and part of my skin, thats its not a wart or skin tag (just the ones around the anus are skin tags) and that genitals can change the way they look and that thats how my genitals will look from now on.
This confused me because to me it doesnt make sense how all of a sudden i get a big bump and swollenness (thats still there) on my vagina and thats supposed to be normal and permanent, would u know anything about that, as in why the change in texture and look and if its possible? and also if im supposed to assume that it'll never go back to 'normal' size and this is what it'll look like from now on?
Thanks alot for your help!