After you take the pad off, clean the area with soap and water, put more gel on the wart and put on another pad. If you are very active during the day and the pad moves off the wart, you can leave the area uncovered during the day and only wear the pad at night.
Electrosurgery and curettage: Electrosurgery (burning) is a good treatment for common warts, filiform warts, and foot warts. Curettage involves scraping off (curetting) the wart with a sharp knife or small, spoon-shaped tool. These two procedures often are used together. The dermatologist may remove the wart by scraping it off before or after electrosurgery.
Once spotted, genital warts should be treated as soon as possible to stop their growth and spread. The first option involves medications applied directly onto the skin. Some medications are less likely to damage the skin around the warts and can be applied at home. Topical medications that can damage the skin are generally applied by a physician. Surgical removal of warts is a treatment considered when other options have failed.
If your child has a wart, treatment probably isn’t needed. That’s because warts often go away on their own. But if the wart is on your child’s face or genitals or is painful or spreading, your child should see a doctor for treatment. Otherwise, it is usually safe to treat a wart at home with duct tape or salicylic acid. If the wart doesn’t start to improve within 2 weeks, see your doctor.
There are two types of HPV vaccine. Both types help protect against the HPV strains that are most likely to cause cervical cancer. One type also helps protect against the HPV strains that are most likely to cause genital warts.
Doctors usually treat genital warts by whacking ’em off, with an electric needle, freezing them with liquid nitrogen, or burning them with trichloroacetic acid. You’d probably be told, “Oh, it’s just acetic acid, like apple cider vinegar,” but it’s not. If you spill vinegar on your pants there is no danger your penis will fall off. You will undoubtedly want to rinse off trichloroacetic acid the doctor uses to remove warts.
Early treatment of warts is discouraged by some doctors because genital warts can go away on their own. It can also take time for all warts to appear. So a person who treats warts as soon as they appear may need another treatment later on.
The warts commonly seen on the skin are caused by a viral infection. The culprit is one of the HPVs (human papillomaviruses) that can be spread from person to person or be acquiredthrough contact with a contaminated surface.
Vaccines are also available to protect girls against certain types of HPV that can cause genital warts or cervical cancer. Even if you have received HPV vaccinations, continue to go to cervical screening (smear tests) as the vaccines do not guarantee that you will not develop cervical cancer or genital warts in the future. Vaccines are most beneficial before you start having sex.2
Electrodessication is a treatment that needs to be performed by a specialist. Your surgeon will use an electrical current to burn and destroy external genital warts, then scrape away the dried tissue.
There has been a great deal of research into the use of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc in treating genital warts in men. It’s likely that the same recommendations typically made for women would also apply to men, but there is no guarantee that they slow the development of genital warts. Still, preventing deficiencies (without any need to take expensive megadoses of any nutrient) seems prudent. Here is a typical nutritional program for preventing the progression of genital warts in men.
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Your doctor will gather important clues by asking you about the history of your complaint. He or she will examine the lesions and will often be able to make a diagnosis on the basis of their characteristic appearance.
Genital warts often occur in clusters and can be very tiny. They can also be spread into large masses on genital tissues. Left untreated, genital warts often disappear. In other cases, they eventually may develop a fleshy, raised growth with a cauliflower-like appearance.
Symptoms In women, the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, labia, cervix (the opening to the uterus), around the anus or even on the thighs. In men, genital warts are less common. If present, they are seen on the tip of the penis. Sometimes they are also found on the shaft of the penis, the scrotum or around the anus. Genital warts can also develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sexual contact with an infected person, although the instances of this are rare.
Research has found the surgery to highly effective. According to one study, 94 percent of people who had six weekly sessions of electrodessication were clear of genital warts. Healing time takes four to six weeks.
Genital wart: A wart in the moist skin of the genitals or around the anus. Genital warts are due to a human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPVs, including those that cause genital warts, are transmitted through sexual contact. HPV can also be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth. Most people infected with HPV have no symptoms, but these viruses increase a woman’s risk for cancer of the cervix. HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US. It is also the leading cause of abnormal PAP smears and pre-cancerous changes of the cervix in women. There is no cure for HPV infection, although anti-viral medications can reduce outbreaks and topical preparations can speed healing. Once contracted, the virus can stay with a person for life. Also called condyloma acuminatum, condylomata.