One of the most common symptoms of HPV is precisely the formation of warts in the genitals.
But, how long does it take for HPV warts to go away? And what happens if they don’t go away on their own?
We will share some important information about this topic below.
Do genital warts go away on their own?
There are cases where genital warts only affect a person for a couple of weeks and then are completely eliminated. This occurs when there is a good immune response and the body’s own defenses combat the virus.
However, some people last up to two years with genital warts, which is the time it may take for the virus to leave the body. Often, this happens when the defense of the immune system has not been as effective.
And there’s a third case in which the body of people with genital warts fails to eliminate these lesions, and people may have these warts for many years (unless they remove them with certain procedures).
As you can see, each case can be very different. That’s why, in the presence of HPV warts, in addition to corrective treatments, it’s very wise to comply with preventive measures.
Can you infect someone with HPV if the warts have disappeared?
Some people mistakenly believe that once the genital warts caused by HPV are gone, there is no risk of transmitting this virus. Unfortunately, this tends to be a misconception.
The fact that the lesions in the genitals are disappearing does not mean that the virus is not present in the body.
Therefore, it’s best to comply with preventive methods, such as the use of condoms, if you have had a relatively frequent diagnosis of HPV.
During sexual activity, the risk of HPV transmission is much higher, especially if there are skin lesions.
What to do if genital warts do not disappear?
HPV warts tend to represent a very uncomfortable situation. In some cases, they appear in small quantities and do not cause discomfort. But for some people, the lesions can cause itching or pain.
And in most cases, the presence of genital warts affects people emotionally due to the stigmatization around this topic. It’s best if you arrange a visit to the doctor if the lesions persist.
There are several treatments to remove genital warts, including several over-the-counter creams to combat these lesions.
And when there is a quite prominent outbreak of these lesions, it can be countered with more invasive procedures like cryotherapy or laser treatment. There are even more invasive methods like the use of a scalpel.
In conclusion, if the warts do not disappear on their own in weeks or months, it is essential to visit the doctor to start professional treatment.
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.
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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