I recently went to my local STI clinic because of a little bump I found just next to the entrance to my vagina. The nurse told me it was a genital wart and I had a couple more inside, which she froze. She gave me aldara/imiquimod cream to put on the outside.
A week later, I shaved down there in order to be able to see better where I was applying the cream, because I could barely see the wart myself. In shaving, I think I cut the top off the wart. I'd also missed a day of my aldara cream (i was told to apply mon/weds/fri), so I ended up applying the cream two nights in a row (Saturday and Sunday) without a break.
I started developing flu like symptoms on Sunday evening, and felt horrendous by Monday afternoon. Tuesday the whole of my downstairs region was swollen to the point that I felt I had testicles, and there was a searing burning pain everywhere.
I took myself to the doctors who told me she thinks it's a primary Herpes outbreak, however I've never had any symptoms before. She took a swab and I'm waiting for the results now, but the stress of waiting to hear what I have is killing me.
After reading a lot online, so many people said they experienced all the same symptoms as herpes but swab tests came back negative and it was just a really bad reaction to the cream. The cream is really potent stuff, used for skin cancer! And I applied far too liberally, onto a small cut, two nights in a row without a break.
I'm wondering if perhaps I just had a really bad reaction to the cream?
The sores on the inner labia healed up in 3/4 days, but I was given aciclovir tablets which may have sped up the process?
Someone please shed some light, I'm panicking so much