If you’re living with genital warts, you’re not alone. Genitals warts are extremely common, with at least half of all sexually active people becoming infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes genital warts at some point. There are treatments for genital warts but no cures. Once you’re infected with HPV, you’ll always have it.
The Mayo Clinic states that there is no cure for human papillomavirus, the virus that causes genital warts. However, there are treatments that can remove warts. Because you will still have the virus, warts may come back at a later time. You can also still spread the virus to others, even if you have no warts presently, although you are less likely to spread it if there are no visible warts.
Understanding your treatment options is an important part of living with genital warts. People generally prefer to remove the warts as soon as possible because they can cause discomfort and bleeding. There are a variety of treatment options but not all are right for everyone. If you have questions about the best form of treatment for you, talk to your doctor.
Prescription medications – There are prescription creams that remove genital warts. Some must be applied by a doctor, but others can be applied by you at home. They must be applied very carefully because they can cause severe skin irritation.
Electrocautery – Sometimes referred to as electrotherapy, this involves a physician using a special tool to burn off warts. It’s effective, but may cause pain and scarring.
Cryosurgery – Sometimes referred to as cryotherapy, this involves a physician applying liquid nitrogen to warts to freeze them off. Like electrocautery, it’s effective, but may cause pain and scarring.
Natural treatments – There are some natural remedies for warts that you can buy without a prescription and use at home. Many people prefer natural remedies because they carry a much lower risk of side effects. Keep in mind, though, not all over-the-counter remedies for warts, even natural remedies, are safe for use on the genital area.
Our favorite natural remedy for genital warts is Terrasil Wart Removal Ointment, which contains all natural ingredients like Thuja Occidentalis (an essential oil that comes from an evergreen tree), zinc oxide and silver oxide. It’s safe and effective for use on genital warts. Follow the link to the Terrasil website to learn more.
Ref: Mayo Clinic