The most common sexually transmitted infection, in both women and men, is genital warts. These are lesions caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Generally, they are benign, although some types can cause cervical cancer or intraepithelial neoplasia. Genital warts are usually found in intimate contact areas, such as:
- the groin area,
- perianal and perineal zones,
- the genitals,
- the urethra,
- and the anus.
However, they can also appear:
- on the neck,
- hands and feet,
- the mouth,
- and even the throat.
An outbreak of genital warts can be treated with home remedies or through surgery, specifically by cauterizing them.
This post is to give you recommendations. We want to tell you about the care you should take after cauterizing genital warts.
- 1 What you should do after genital wart cauterization
- 2 Types of surgeries to remove genital warts
What you should do after genital wart cauterization
Next, we’ll explain in detail what you should do after receiving treatment to remove a genital wart outbreak.
These tips are valid if the lesions were removed by heat cauterization, liquid cauterization with trichloroacetic acid, or cryotherapy.
Water and soap to clean the area
It’s common for genital warts to start shedding after treatment. It’s also normal for the skin to become slightly irritated. Therefore, infections may be lurking.
It’s advisable to clean the area with water and soap. Make sure to use a product with a neutral pH. Repeat this action at least twice a day.
You can aid healing by using regenerative creams or natural products, for example, those based on aloe vera that stimulate healing thanks to their properties.
Within 7 to 10 days, your skin will begin to heal gradually. Additionally, the inflammation in the area will subside.
New outbreaks of genital warts may occur
Regardless of the treatment you prefer for removing genital warts, you should know that new outbreaks may appear.
The human papillomavirus has a viral replication cycle. Generally, it arises several weeks or months after treatment.
To prevent warts from reappearing after a certain time, you should eliminate HPV by strengthening your immune system.
Strengthen your immune system
The persistence and action of the human papillomavirus in your body will depend on how strong your immune system is.
In that sense, we recommend reducing stress, depression, and anxiety levels. Moreover, it’s a good idea to have healthy eating habits, take vitamins, and exercise.
The recommended vitamins for optimizing the immune system are those with antioxidant properties. Among them, vitamin C, which you can take for up to 6 months for optimal results.
Vitamin E, which has a direct effect on the skin, is also recommended.
- Use mild painkillers after genital wart cauterization
- Wear loose clothing that doesn’t irritate the treated areas
- Take sitz baths. Remember that these have healing and cleansing purposes.
Types of surgeries to remove genital warts
One of the recommended treatments for removing genital warts is surgery.
You may need surgical intervention if you have larger lesions or ones that do not respond to medications.
On the other hand, if you are pregnant, it is the most efficient way to prevent your baby from being exposed to the lesions in the birth canal.
The most common types of surgeries to remove genital warts include:
Also offered as nitrogen freezing, it involves forming a blister around the wart. This is done through a freezing process.
As the skin heals, the warts will gradually peel off, and new skin will appear. The treatment may need to be repeated. This treatment causes pain and swelling in the treated areas.
This involves applying controlled electric current to the genital warts. The idea with this treatment is to burn the lesions.
It is effective but somewhat painful, and it causes swelling after the treatment is completed.
Special tools are used for this treatment to remove the genital warts. The lesions are essentially cut off.
This type of treatment requires local or general anesthesia, and you are likely to feel some pain after the extraction is complete.
Laser treatment for wart removal
This treatment uses an intense beam of light. It is one of the most expensive treatments and is recommended for removing external lesions that are more difficult to treat.
It has side effects, including pain in the treated areas and noticeable scarring.
In summary, after applying the appropriate treatment to remove genital warts, it is essential to follow your doctor’s instructions.
For women, it would be prudent to have regular pap smears, as HPV is related to cervical cancer.
These were some tips for dealing with warts. However, it is not enough to just fight the symptoms of HPV, as the virus will remain in your body and those symptoms will reappear time and time again.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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