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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Genital Warts (Overview)

Warts with a raised, irregular, flesh colored appearance and can be found anywhere throughout the genital area.


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What treatments of genital warts are there?

What treatments of genital warts are there?

Genital Warts Treat: There are many treatments for genital warts.
Freezing them off with liquid nitrogen (ouch!); topical treatments with prescription medications: aldara, zyclara, condylox (podofilox).
Surgical procedures like burning, excision, laser treatments.
Your dermatologist knows best! ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
264 Doctors shared insights

Genital Warts (Overview)

Warts with a raised, irregular, flesh colored appearance and can be found anywhere throughout the genital area.


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What are they symptoms of genital warts?

What are they symptoms of genital warts?

Just the warts: There are generally no symptoms except the warts themselves. ...Read more

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Genital warts (Tip)

Cover with small square of duct tape, & bandaid. Leave on until falls off, remove dead wart, repeat! ...See more

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Treating Genital Warts (Checklist)

Wear condoms during sexual intercourse
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Get treated promptly
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Avoid having multiple sexual partners
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Genital warts (Tip)

Ask your doctor about a yeast antigen injection for wart treatment. It has the highest success rate. ...See more

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Treating Finger Warts (Checklist)

First verify the type of wart you have before deciding on treatment
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If you know it's a wart, use over-the-counter products as labelled
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If over-the-counter treatments don't work, see a dermatologist
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How long does genital warts take to go away?

How long does genital warts take to go away?

Depends: If you don't seek any medical treatment, of which there are many options available, most people will clear the warts with their own immune system within 2 years. However, just because the wart is gone, this does not mean you have gotten rid of the virus that caused them. There are also many topical creams, gels, ointments, and injections. If those don't work, try freezing, surgical excision, laser, cautery. ...Read more

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Is a fever a symptom of having genital warts?

Is a fever a symptom of having genital warts?

NO fever, NO symptom: Genital warts (hpv) rarely cause any symptoms at all. Since genital warts are a 'skin disease' and they do not invade the blood stream thus causing a fever (a systemic symptom). Genital warts rarely cause discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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Are some people more prone to getting genital warts?

Yes: Genital warts are caused by a virus called hpv. The virus is sexually transmitted and is the most common std in the United States. People with multiple sexual partners or people with changes in their immune system are more likely to struggle with this virus and the warts associated with the virus. More importantly, the virus has been shown to be a cancer causing virus so be careful. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with genital warts, how do I tell her?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with genital warts, how do I tell her?

Matter of fact: You tell your partner that you have been diagnosed with a viral infection caused by HPV. HPV infection is actually the MOST COMMON STD, Your partner needs to know so they can be watchful for symptoms. Also, if she is young enough ( ...Read more

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Two questions, what are some things that could be mistaken for genital warts and how do you test for genital warts at home?

Genital warts: Have a distinct appearance and are not usually confused with other lesions, there is no home test, see your doctor and that can confirm if you have them. ...Read more

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How common is it for a 17 year old to get cervical cancer with genital warts and an iud? I have had the IUD for 4 years now. And, I just got rid of my genital warts. But, I do not get regular pap tests.

How common is it for a 17 year old to get cervical cancer with genital warts and an iud? I have had the IUD for 4 years now. And, I just got rid of my genital warts. But, I do not get regular pap tests.

The: The fact that you have genital warts means you have been exposed to the hpv virus, there are 100's of types of hpv, some causing warts, and other types causing cervical cancer. The only way to tell if you have cervical changes from hpv is to have a pap smear. However, new guidelines from the american college of gynecologists (acog) recommend pap smears not be done until age 21.

Acog states, " although the rate of hpv infection is high among sexually active adolescents, invasive cervical cancer is very rare in women under age 21. The immune system clears the hpv infection within one to two years among most adolescent women. Because the adolescent cervix is immature, there is a higher incidence of hpv-related precancerous lesions (called dysplasia). However, the large majority of cervical dysplasias in adolescents resolve on their own without treatment"

you should still visit your doctor for their input, and other testing, mainly std when indicated.
Even though you have an iud, you still need to protect yourself against std's, this can be done by using condoms with any sexual encounter, including oral, anal, and genital.

Good luck. ...Read more

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If you have genital warts do you have hiv?

If you have genital warts do you have hiv?

No: Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus, not hiv. They are two totally different viruses. That said folks with HIV are more prone to warts due to lowered immunity, and those with sexual practices which expose them to genital warts (unprotected sex, unsafe sex, etc) exposé themselves to a greater chance to contract hiv. Be careful and practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What does it mean when genital warts come more frequently?

What does it mean when genital warts come more frequently?

Then not treated: If they are completely eradicated along with the partner the recurrence rate is very low. ...Read more

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How can I treat genital warts?

Meds or destruction: There are some home treatments that you may use by prescription. The two best that I like are Condylox (podofilox) Gel or veragen gel. At the office I prefer to treat genital warts with both liquid nitrogen and the pulsed dye laser. ...Read more

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After being treated for genital warts and the bumps are gone can you still receive oral sex from someone without spreading it to that person?

Yes and No.: Maybe this will help you. If the lesions are gone, you can still shed the hpv virus and infect your partner if they are performing oral sex on you. I would advise your partner to not give you oral sex. ...Read more

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Experimenting with topical isotretinoin gel for treating genital warts. Showing good results within days. No irritation on skin. Should I continue?

Experimenting with topical isotretinoin gel for treating genital warts. Showing good results within days. No irritation on skin. Should I continue?

Yes: As long as you are not getting irritation I would continue the medication. If your taste in does develop you can decrease the frequency of use. ...Read more

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What is the latest and most effective treatment for genital warts. Does freezing them off keep them at bay for longer?

What is the latest and most effective treatment for genital warts. Does freezing them off keep them at bay for longer?

Warts: Warts can be treated either by "burning" them using concentrated special acid solution, using creams like Aldara (imiquimod) that stimulate immune response on your skin where the wart is, or by freezing them. Each one treatment should be tailored to specific manifestation of disease in your case, and to your desire as well. So best thing get an appt with a gynecologist and discuss in detail. ...Read more

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What treatments of genital warts are there?

Genital Warts Treat: There are many treatments for genital warts.
Freezing them off with liquid nitrogen (ouch!); topical treatments with prescription medications: aldara, zyclara, condylox (podofilox).
Surgical procedures like burning, excision, laser treatments.
Your dermatologist knows best! ...Read more

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How to cure genital warts?

Genital warts: There is no single effective cure for removal of genital warts. A number of treatment options exist; however, no treatment is 100% effective in eliminating warts and preventing them from coming back in all patients. It also is not possible to eliminate infection with human papillomavirus once it has occurred. Genital warts may go away on their own in about 10%-20% of people over 3-5 months. ...Read more

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Is there any home remedies to get rid of genital warts?

Is there any home remedies to get rid of genital warts?

Several: There are several different otc products available for this purpose, although am not sure of the efficacy. You can ask your friendly pharmacist, or go online at google and you can have these shipped to you. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter drug/cream to treat the outbreak of genital warts?

Yes and no: Over the counter preparations containing salicylic acid work on any type of wart. However, these otc drugs are very caustic to sensitive genital tissue. Therefore, prescription creams for genital warts are a better choice. ...Read more

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Can birth controle help with genital warts? I have them and want to get on the pill. Can the pill help?

Can birth controle help with genital warts? I have them and want to get on the pill. Can the pill help?

Genital warts: No birth control pills do not treat warts and will not help warts resolve. Although warts are difficult to treat but there are medicines and treatments out there that can help with genital warts. You need to see your doctor who will guide you to obtain the appropriate treatment for your condition. Condoms use will be beneficial going forward. Thank you and be well. ...Read more

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If one gets rid of their genital warts with aldara, (imiquimod) how many times can the warts reappear before it seems "unlikely" that they will?

Genital warts: Genital warts, are caused by hpv, human papilloma virus, and they come from contact with another person. The incubation time is long and you can have sex and not see warts for many weeks or months. Aldara (imiquimod) gets your immune cells t kill the virus, but they may seem to be gone for weeks or months, from aldara, (imiquimod) but are not yet all. Killed. Wait six months before you beleive that they are all gone. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent getting genital warts by vaccination?

Depends: The present quad vaccine for hpv includes 2 strains of the germ that cause genital warts and 2 that cause cervical cancer. The other hvp vaccine contains only the 2 cancer causing strains. If you receive the vaccine prior to any infections by those strains it will provide protection from genital warts. It will not help if given after exposure. ...Read more

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I'm a man, should I get human papilloma virus vaccine to avoid genital warts and cancer?

I'm a man, should I get human papilloma virus vaccine to avoid genital warts and cancer?

Yes!: Yes, of course! The vaccine has been approved for men and boys for two years now (gardisil that is, Cervarix is not approved for boys/men yet). It is approved for the prevention of anal cancer and it's precursors caused by hpv and genital warts as well. ...Read more

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What is genital warts?

Viral infection: These are warts caused by a virus. This is common this day and age and is a sexually transmitted disease. They may be very visible or not visible at all. Guardisil is an immunization used to prevent certain sero types of the virus so as to help prevent cervical cancer. It is given to young females and some give it to males. The wart is caused by the human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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What is genital warts?

Tumor: A tumor caused by the human papillomavirus in the genital region. ...Read more

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Does genital warts itch?

Does genital warts itch?

Possible: Warts in general do not itch. But in the genital area, they may become irritated and can be itchy. Please see a dermatologist or primary care doctor for evaluation to make sure there are no other reasons for the itch. ...Read more

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How to cure genital warts?

Genital warts: There is no single effective cure for removal of genital warts. A number of treatment options exist; however, no treatment is 100% effective in eliminating warts and preventing them from coming back in all patients. It also is not possible to eliminate infection with human papillomavirus once it has occurred. Genital warts may go away on their own in about 10%-20% of people over 3-5 months. ...Read more

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How to cure genital warts?

No cure: There is no cure, but there are many treatments and 2 vaccines. ...Read more

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Can genital warts be hard?

Yes: Genital warts are harder and raised from the normal skin. May be slightly darker in color. ...Read more

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Is genital warts harmful?

Is genital warts harmful?

Yes: Yes genital warts are caused by hpv virus, contagious in female they can cause cancer of cervix and must be treated. Vaccination is available to prevent cervical cancer by avoiding the infection. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more