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What medicines treat genital warts?

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Creams, gels, and ointments can treat genital warts on the outside of your body.

If your genital warts are in a moist area, or in a spot where skin rubs together, a cream or ointment that you put directly on them tends to work best.

Pregnant women shouldn't use these medications.

  • Imiquimod cream boosts your immune system.
  • Podofilox and podophyllin resin are gels designed to kill the warts, but the CDC doesn't recommend them.
  • Sinecatechins ointment is made from green tea extract.

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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