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.
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(injected into wart lesion)
(such as Efudex).
Treatment during pregnancy
Treatment for pregnant women includes trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and
bichloroacetic acid (BCA), which have been found to be both effective and safe.
Podophyllin resin, interferon, and fluorouracil should not be used during
pregnancy, because they can harm the fetus.
What to think about
Avoid sexual contact in the
treated area until the area is completely healed.
may be more expensive than others.
Warts on the vulva or penis
that do not go away on their own or after treatment often are
biopsied to rule out precancerous or cancerous
Removing genital warts does not cure
an HPV infection. Warts may go away with topical treatment, but they may
return, because HPV may still be in the body's cells.
Even if genital warts have been removed or destroyed:
You may still be able to infect sex
partners with HPV.
You should continue to use condoms during sexual
intercourse if you have multiple sex partners.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 05, 2013
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