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How do you treat genital warts?

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The treatment your doctor recommends depends on things like how many warts you have, where they are, how big they are, and your own preferences.

To get rid of genital warts on the outside of your body:

If you have warts on your vagina or cervix:

Warts in your urethra (the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to your bladder) are best removed with cryotherapy or surgery.

Genital warts may go away on their own or stay the same. But if you don't treat them, you could also get more or larger warts.

  • Creams, gels, and ointments
  • Cryotherapy (freezing off the warts)
  • Surgery
  • Acid solution
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Acid solution

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Warts,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Management of Genital Warts,” Dermal Electrosurgical Shave Excision.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Genital Warts: Overview.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 23, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Warts,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Management of Genital Warts,” Dermal Electrosurgical Shave Excision.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Genital Warts: Overview.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 23, 2019

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