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How to Get Rid of Genital Warts

My name is Amy Wilson and I specialize in gynecology.

During my practice I often receive inquiries regarding genital warts. Whether you are a woman or a man, if you want to learn about getting rid of these warts and preventing their recurrence, I encourage you to keep reading.

Treatment: how can you get rid of genital warts?

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Below I will explain two used methods, for removing genital warts…

Medications or creams

Genital warts caused by HPV can be treated and eliminated with medications.

One such cream is Imiquimod (brand name Aldara) which aids in strengthening your immune system to combat the warts.

To use this cream effectively, apply it to the area three times a week before bedtime. Wash it off after 6 to 10 hours.

Another available topical solution is Podofilox (brand name Condylox) which works by destroying the tissues.

Apply this solution directly onto the warts daily for three days followed by a four day rest period.

Sinecatechins (brand name Veregen) is an ointment derived from extracts and is also an approved option. Apply it three times daily until all the warts have completely disappeared. 

Finally, you can also opt for trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to get rid of genital warts. This acid gradually eliminates the warts by causing a controlled burning effect.

However it is crucial that you seek assistance from a healthcare professional when applying this medication.

Remember to consult your healthcare provider before trying any of these treatments to ensure usage and effective management of side effects.

Surgical Methods

In addition, surgical methods can be used for treating genital warts without necessitating hospitalization. The procedures listed below are the approaches employed for removal:

  • Cryotherapy: This technique involves applying extremely low temperatures to freeze and eliminate the warts. A cold substance called liquid nitrogen is used to induce eventual detachment of the wart.
  • Electrocautery: By using a current, this method effectively burns off the wart. A small device sends the current towards the wart to ensure its elimination.
  • Laser Treatment: High energy light beams are used in this approach to burn off the warts. It is commonly recommended for hard-to-reach or extensive warts.
  • Surgical Excision: Local anesthesia is administered in this procedure as a means of removing clustered warts that have not responded well to previous treatments.

Always make sure to seek guidance from your urologist or gynecologist to determine the course of action for your particular case.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

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.

Click here to see what he did

What are genital warts?

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Genital warts are harmless bumps or lesions that happen because of the human papillomavirus (HPV). 

There are two types of HPV: low risk and high risk. The low-risk type causes genital warts, which usually don’t lead to cancer.

The viruses carrying these warts are often HPV 6 and 11.

How do you get an HPV infection?

HPV is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone’s mucous membranes during intimate activities like sex. You can still get it even if there are no visible warts because it resides on the surface of their skin.

Genital warts typically appear within 6 months after getting infected with HPV.

Do genital warts always have symptoms?

You might typically think of warts as those skin growths without any noticeable symptoms. However, that isn’t always the case.

As genital warts multiply in number, get bigger, and appear at different areas down there, they can often cause some discomfort. Imagine experiencing irritation, continuous itching, or even small amounts of bleeding during sexual activities.

Instead of just minor irritation staying out-of-sight, these sensations indicate that something isn’t quite right inside our body.

If you notice that your warts are bleeding for more than a few days straight, it’s important to seek medical attention urgently because prolonged bleeding is never a good sign.

How do they actually identify and diagnose genital warts?

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Well, in most cases, a regular visual inspection can be enough—it’s pretty straightforward just by looking at them.

Acetic Acid

However, when the warts are really small and hard to spot, doctors or healthcare professionals might use acetic acid. It gets applied to the area and causes any hidden warts to appear white (the skin color changes), indicating their presence.

Pap smear

Moreover, there’s another test known as a pap smear primarily used for diagnosing more than just genital warts—for example precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix. This involves gently scraping some cells from your cervix so they can inspect them under a microscope carefully for any abnormal growth.

Having an understanding of these different methods will help you navigate potential diagnoses.

HPV Test 

The HPV test is usually done on women who are older than 30 years.

During the test, the doctor takes cell samples from the cervix to check for strains of high-risk HPV that can be linked with cervical cancer.

If the results come back negative, it means your risk of getting cancer is low. But if they’re positive, don’t panic! It doesn’t mean you do have cancer, just that further tests are needed to get a comprehensive assessment.

Can you avoid getting genital warts? 

It’s very difficult to completely prevent genital warts if you’re engaging in sexual activity.

The only guaranteed way to avoid catching them would be abstinence from sex because, even with condom use, HPV can still be transmitted.

When genital warts disappear, does that mean it’s all gone or can they reappear?

Just because the warts have disappeared doesn’t mean you’re fully rid of the HPV virus.

Sometimes this condition shows no symptoms but the virus could still be present in your body. The only way to prevent a recurrence of genital warts is by clearing the virus out through boosting your immune system.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

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.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!

Frequently asked questions

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Can I treat genital warts at home using home remedies?

There are a few possible home remedies for tackling genital warts, including options like garlic, aloe vera, or ginger.

Are genital warts contagious?

Genital warts can be easily transmitted from person to person. It’s even possible to pass them on by touching the warts with your hands and then touching someone else.

How long does it usually take for genital warts to go away?

Genital warts usually vanish spontaneously only when your immune system successfully fights off the HPV virus that causes them. This might take around 2 years.


Dr. Amy Wilson

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.


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