Genital warts can be present without causing any symptoms in many patients. If the warts do not cause discomfort, you may not need treatment. But if you have symptoms such as itching, burning and pain or the warts are causing emotional distress; treatment (medications or surgery) can help to restrict an outbreak. Treatment does not cure infection with HPV; hence the warts and other associated symptoms can recur after treatment. Medications: Topical medications (gel or cream form) are usually the first line of treatment for genital warts. On application, these medications attack and break down the wart tissue. Genital warts can be treated, both in a doctor's office and at home.
If the warts are big in size or the warts don't respond to medications, your doctor may recommend surgery for genital warts. Surgery may also be advised if you are pregnant as the baby may be exposed to it during delivery. Surgical options for genital warts include:
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