Genital warts treatment
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Treatment of genital warts
If you have visible signs of genital warts, over
the counter topical treatments are not recommended.
These treatments are designed for common or Plantar
warts and may cause increased irritation of genital
warts. Such treatments will ultimately have no
effect in the removal of genital warts.
Topical genital warts treatment
Topical treatments for genital warts that are
available by prescription include:
Surgical genital warts treatment options
Should topical solutions fail to effectively remove
the visual signs of genital warts, or for a more
expeditious removal program, surgical options are
available, which include Electrocautery, Laser
treatment, and Cryosurgery.
Electrocautery Treatment removes the wart by
burning it off and sealing the blood vessels with an
electrically charged probe. This treatment can be
painful, but use of a local anesthesia, such as
Novocain, may be administered.
Laser Treatment is similar to Electrocautery
except that it uses a high powered laser to burn off
the wart and seal the blood vessels, reducing
bleeding. Laser treatment is more expensive and is
generally reserved for areas requiring extensive
removal or for difficult to access areas such as the
Cryosurgery or Cryotherapy is a treatment method
that involves freezing of the infected area. By
applying liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide to the
area for a few seconds, the surface and subsurface
of the wart is frozen. This treatment usually stings
and, depending on your tolerance level, can be
Antiviral genital warts treatment
Another, more expensive, treatment for genital warts
is via the injection of an antiviral drug known as
Interferon, which is injected by needle directly
into the warts. This treatment is usually used as an
alternative when genital warts have reappeared after
being removed by surgery. Even after treatment by
Interferon, there is no guarantee that visual
genital warts will not return.
Support groups and emotional help
Aside from the physical ailments and treatments of
genital warts, there are often psychological effects
that are felt by the sufferers of genital warts.
Feelings such as fear, disgust and despair are
common among those who are diagnosed with genital
Fear of contracting cancer from genital warts is a
legitimate concern, but the chances of developing
cancer from genital warts are minimum. Women should
have regularly scheduled Pap smears performed to
monitor the disease as a preventive measure.
Disgust is a form of self guilt that leads to
feelings that people who have contracted the disease
will never have another relationship again or will
never feel wanted by potential lovers. This is not
true, and support groups are a good way to deal with