It can be scary to find an outbreak of genital warts, but they can typically be treated.If you want to get the best treatment for genital warts, you need to see a doctor.They can either prescribe or perform an in-office procedure.Most cases of genital warts are caused by the human Papillomaviruses, and getting rid of them doesn’t cure them.Inform any sexual partners about the diagnosis, practice safe sex for the rest of your sexual life, and abstain from sex while treating genital warts.
Step 1: Your doctor can give you a prescription.
In other locations, don’t use over the counter medications for warts.Have your doctor look at the area.They will likely prescribe a medication for external warts.The skin’s surface is affected by external warts.cryotherapy is a procedure in which the warts are frozen off using liquid nitrogen, and it is one of the methods your doctor will recommend.If you have an immune disorder or large areas of skin that are affected, surgical removal might be your best option.
Step 2: Your doctor can show you how to apply medication.
There are a few different ways to apply the ointment.Your doctor can show proper application techniques.Before you leave the office, make sure you understand the instructions.It’s important that your doctor shows you how to use the medication.Improper application can make the treatment useless.imiquimod, Podofilox, and sinecatechins are the three types of gels.Follow your doctor’s instructions for the medication.Ask your doctor how long it will take to apply the ointments.
Step 3: You should wash your hands.
For 20 seconds, wash your hands with soap and hot water.Make sure they are completely dry before handling it.After applying medication, be sure to wash your hands.It is important to wash your hands after taking medication for genital warts.After treating warts, touching other surfaces could spread germs.
Step 4: Before applying medication, the area should be washed and dried.
Take a shower or wash the area.The area should be cleaned with soap and hot water.Before you apply medication, the area needs to be completely dry.
Step 5: After 6 to 10 hours, wash the area with imiquimod.
You can apply a thin coating to the wart if you are prescribed imiquimod.After applying the ointment, wash the area with soap and warm water.Ask your doctor how often you should use imiquimod, it depends on its strength.3 times per week.Before bed, apply a lower strength dose.You will need to wash the area for at least 6 to 10 hours after application.
Step 6: If your doctor prescribed it, apply Podofilox twice daily.
Podofilox can be applied with a cotton swab and a gel on your finger.Apply just enough medication to lightly coat each wart twice a day.Don’t apply any medication for 4 days after 3 days of using Podofilox.You can complete up to 4 cycles of application and no application.If you should wash the treated area, ask your doctor.Your doctor will only prescribe one type of medication.If your doctor prescribes Podofilox, follow the instructions to apply it.
Step 7: If your doctor prescribed it, apply it 3 times a day.
Use your finger to lightly coat the wart.It can be used 3 times a day for up to 16 weeks.After applying sinecatechins, don’t wash the area.You will only apply one type of medication.You won’t need to use Podofilox or imiquimod if your doctor prescribes sinecatechins.If your doctor prescribes you one treatment, you can switch to a different one later on.
Step 8: Only cover the area with cotton.
After applying an ointment or gel, wear loose cotton underwear.If the spot is prone to rubbing against surrounding skin or underwear, it is not necessary to bandage the area.Don’t use a waterproof bandage if you want to cover it.You should change a dressing at least twice a day.You can change your panty liner and sanitary napkin throughout the day.
Step 9: If you experience side effects, talk to your doctor.
Redness, burning, and pain on the application side are common side effects of any medication prescribed for genital warts.If any of these are severe, ask your doctor if you should use a different medication.
Step 10: During your visit, have your urethral orcervical warts removed.
If the area is too widespread for creams or gels, your doctor will recommend chemical or surgical removal.When the warts are removed by freezing, there are other options.A local anesthetic will most likely be administered by your doctor, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure.Minor pain and swelling will go away in a few days.You won’t feel pain with laser removal.If you saw a specialist such as a dermatologist, urologist, or gynecologist, they’ll likely remove the warts during your initial visit.If you saw your primary doctor, they might not know how to use the right equipment.They will refer you to a specialist if necessary.You can get your genital warts removed at a local STD clinic.
Step 11: Dressing the surgical site with a bandage is a good way to wash it.
Follow your doctor’s instructions after your procedure.They will tell you to wash the area with soap and warm water.Wear a clean, dry bandage after washing the area.Before and after caring for the affected area, wash your hands.
Step 12: Rub or scratch any blisters that develop.
It is common for blisters to form over the treated site after cryotherapy.It is important to leave them alone, so don’t scratch or pop them.They will go away on their own after a few days.In rare cases, blisters can become infections.If you notice redness or swelling after 24 to 48 hours, call your doctor.
Step 13: Discuss if other methods are not successful.
If all other methods are not successful, some doctors recommend injecting a medication into the area.Flu-like symptoms include muscle aches, chills, and pain at the injection site.Depending on the type of injection, you will have to see your doctor at least 2 to 3 times a week.
Step 14: Don’t think you did something wrong.
You don’t have to be hard on yourself.About 80 percent of sexually active people in the United States will contract the human immunodeficiency virus at some point in their lives.Most people don’t have any symptoms, and it often goes away on its own.Males often don’t show any symptoms so it’s more difficult to diagnose them.If you’re going to have sex with a new partner, make sure you get tested for STDs.A healthy immune system can suppress the virus within a couple of years.
Step 15: Inform your sexual partners if you have genital warts.
If you are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, you should tell your sexual partners.It is not possible to tell when you might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease.You should inform future partners if you treat an outbreak.Ask your doctor about the strain you contracted.There are a lot of strains, but few that can cause reproductive cancers.If you’re at risk of developing a reproductive cancer, ask your doctor.It’s difficult to have a conversation, but try to be honest.I want to let you know that I received treatment for a sexually transmitted disease.It’s not possible to know when or how I contracted it, but I thought you would want to be tested.If you’ve ever received treatment, you should allow your new partner to make an informed decision about sex, even if you don’t want to.
Step 16: Sexual contact during an outbreak should be avoided.
During an outbreak, it’s easier to spread the virus that causes genital warts.You need to avoid sexual contact because the treated area will be irritated.Ask your doctor how long you should wait before having sex.It depends on the type of treatment you receive.The risk of spreading the human immunodeficiency virus is reduced by treating warts.
Step 17: Even if no warts are present, wear a condom.
Condoms can help reduce the risk of STDs.Even if you use a condom, there is still a risk of spreading the virus through skin contact.genital warts can affect areas of the skin that aren’t covered by a condom.
Step 18: If you have another outbreak, see your doctor.
After treating genital warts, it is common to experience another outbreak within 3 months.If necessary, schedule a follow up appointment with your doctor.