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how long will it take will to be cured/treated as a teen with hpv genital warts?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Weeks: They typical treatment for hpv warts can take several weeks to completely clear up. See your doctor for the fastest, safest, preferred method in your case.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Please discuss: Please discuss with your doctor because i don't know how severe your warts are.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Genital Warts: If your warts aren't causing discomfort, you may not need treatment. But if your symptoms include itching, burning and pain or if visible warts are causing emotional distress, your doctor can help you clear an outbreak with medications or surgery. However, the lesions are likely to recur after treatment. Thus, there is no cure.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies: Treatment if required, may include freezing,laser or topical agents. The time for clearance and apparent healing varies with the treatment. Some will clear spontaneously without treatment in weeks/months. However, the HPV family of viruses are a lifelong pest. They can hibernate in nearby tissues and return later.You can also shed/pass the virus intermittently.
Dr. David Holtz
Gynecologic Oncology 23 years experience
Untreated or treated: Untreated genital warts take a variable amount of time to go away, with only 20-30% gone by 3 months. Treatment also takes a variable about of time: up to 16 weeks with imiqumod. With all treatments, there is a risk of recurrent warts.

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