caused by the most common
types of human papillomavirus (HPV) may go away on
their own without treatment. For this and other reasons, experts sometimes have
different approaches to treating genital warts.
Your doctor may want to examine your vaginal or urethral discharge under a microscope or test your urine. Trichomoniasis occasionally shows up on Pap tests in women with no symptoms. Your safest course is to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to the parasite.
Genital warts may disappear without treatment.
This is the natural course of many genital warts.
large areas of warts is difficult and may cause scarring.
for genital warts does not eliminate the HPV infection. You may still be able
to spread the infection. Condoms can help reduce the risk of HPV
Treatment of genital warts can
be painful, and warts may return after treatment. Warts that return after being treated usually
are not treated again unless you want to be retreated. If you do, you would
usually choose a different form of treatment.
Some doctors believe that treatment for genital warts will help
prevent the spread of HPV infections and keep genital warts from
Types of treatment
Treatments for genital warts
include medicines, freezing, laser, or surgery.
The type of
medical treatment for genital warts will depend on:
The number, size, and location of
The side effects of treatment.
The skill of the
doctor for each treatment option.
The cost of treatment, which
varies depending on:
The cost of medicine.
specialized equipment used.
The number of treatments needed.
The problems caused by the warts (such as
blockage of the
If you are pregnant. Some wart medicines should not be used
Doctors often recommend medicine
applied to warts (topical drug treatment) as the first choice of treatment. A
doctor will apply the medicines that have a high risk of causing damage to the
skin around the warts. You can apply others at home.
Caution: Do not use nonprescription wart removal products to
treat genital warts. These products are not intended to be used in the genital
area and may cause serious burning.