Medicine may be used to destroy
genital warts, relieve your symptoms, and reduce the
amount of area affected by warts, particularly when the warts are:
Visible, bothersome, and growing in a small
A cosmetic concern and you want them removed. Warts that are
growing around the anus or on external genitals, such as on the penis or
vulva, may be removed because they are unsightly. Some
treatments that remove genital warts are more likely to leave scars. So
cosmetic concerns about scarring may help guide the choice of treatment.
Topical medicine often is the first treatment. For safety,
a doctor will apply the topical medicines that could damage the skin around the
warts. You can apply other medicines at home. If warts return after one course
of treatment with topical medicine, they are treated again only if there are
clear reasons for retreatment.
Syphilis is usually diagnosed by a blood test, sometimes in combination with an examination of lesions. Shortly after infection, the body produces infection-fighting antibodies, which can be detected with an inexpensive blood test. These antibodies can stay in the blood for months or years after infection. It is difficult to tell from the blood test how long a patient may have had syphilis. Every pregnant woman should receive this blood test, given the risk of transmitting the disease to her developing...