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What are side effects for treatments of genital warts?

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The side effects of genital warts treatments are rare. They can include discoloring of the skin or scarring, especially if you haven’t had enough time to heal between treatments.

Rarer still is severe, chronic pain. If you have anal warts, having a bowel movement might become painful. You could also get a condition called a fistula that requires surgery.

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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