Genital Warts Treatment
Although the root cause of genital warts, the human papillomavirus (HPV), is currently incurable, there are nevertheless many highly effective treatments to help you control or even eliminate uncomfortable symptoms.
The earlier infection is detected and treatment is begun, the more effective it is shown to be. For this reason, it is important to speak to a doctor about getting tested the moment you think you may have been exposed. Do not wait around for symptoms to manifest, as the incubation period of the virus can be years in some individuals. Some never develop symptoms at all, but are still very much infected with HPV and are capable of spreading it to others.
One genital warts treatment option is to use a natural, over-the-counter genital wart remover. These can be discreetly purchased online and many individuals like to try one of these over-the-counter remedies before trying a prescription cream.
Another effective way to treat genital warts is via the use of various prescribed medications. Some of the most popular and effective of these include the following:
- Podofilox is a prescription medication that comes as either a liquid or gel. It is applied directly to the wart tissue twice a day, three times a week for a duration of up to one month. It is easily applied at home and has been shown to clear up wart outbreaks in approximately 65% of all cases.
- Imiquimod is a prescription cream that works by helping your own immune system to fight the effects of HPV infection more effectively. Like Podofilox, it is applied directly to the warts three times a week, usually for a duration of about four months. Imiquimod is often preferred by patients with sensitive systems because it combats warts without the harmful side effects associated with other treatments. It is effective in approximately 50% of cases.
- Trichloroacetic Acid (or TCA) is yet a third prescription treatment that is incredibly potent in comparison to some of the other options. For this reason, proper and careful application is especially important and can only be performed at your doctor's office by a trained professional. In most cases, your doctor will recommend a few treatments a week to make sure the medication is as effective as possible.
For those that don't respond successfully to the application of topical genital wart treatments, a doctor may recommend surgical removal of the warts instead. Some physicians may recommend a combination of topical treatment and surgical removal. Cryosurgery (freezing genital warts) is a popular and highly effective treatment for genital warts just as it is in regards to other types of warts. Genital wart-related growths can also be effectively removed using electrocautery (burning) or laser removal methods.
However, it is important to note that even with successful removal of genital warts or effective treatment of outbreaks, the growths and lesions may still recur at some point in the future, as there is no cure for the root HPV cause yet. The good news is that as the body learns to live with the virus, it becomes more resistant to outbreaks as time goes on. With proper medical attention, many people can hope to gain control over their outbreaks within a period of two years.