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Treatment of Venereal Warts: An Overview
Several different treatment options are available for venereal warts
, including medications and procedures. Your healthcare provider will consider your wishes and the size, location, and number of warts before recommending treatment.
Each of these treatments has different success rates, cost, and possible side effects. Make sure to discuss your venereal wart treatment options with your healthcare provider before deciding together which is best for your situation.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend "watchful waiting" because venereal warts can disappear on their own without treatment.
There are no over-the-counter treatments for venereal warts. If you decide to have the warts removed, do not use over-the counter medicines meant for other kinds of warts.
Venereal Warts Treatment Options: Medications
Several prescription medications are approved to treat venereal warts. Some of these are applied at the office by your healthcare provider; others can be applied at home.
"Home treatments" for venereal warts still require a prescription. They include:
These medications can clear venereal warts in up to 80 percent of cases.
Medications your healthcare provider may use at the office include:
- 20% podophyllin resin
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
They also have an up-to-80-percent success rate in removing venereal warts.
If you are pregnant, you should not use podophyllin or podofilox because they are absorbed by your skin and may cause birth defects in your baby. TCA is a good option for women who are pregnant.