Genital warts bring much discomfort to your life, especially in sexual relationships. The problem can be solved quickly and easily. Modern medicine allows several ways of genital warts treatment. There is no certanity that growths will not appear again. Anyway, you will get rid of these unpleasant nodes for some time.
Nowadays there are two main kinds of genital warts treatment:
- topical treatment;
- physical ablation.
People choose the most suitable way for them. It depends on the severity of the disease. One method helps 99 people and fails to cure genital warts in 1 person. Sometimes growths can be treated by topical or physical method only. In such a case doctors use both of them.
Topical treatment is considered to be more effective on softer warts, and physical ablation is perfect for harder and rougher feeling warts. Sometimes the process of genital warts curing lasts for several months, and the patient has to take several sessions before genital growths are completely removed.
There are several kinds of topical treatments:
Podophyllotoxin is considered to be a good cure for genital warts if they are rather small. It is fluid which toxically affects warts. Treatment with podophyllotoxin is based on cycles. Most people need averagely four or five treatment cycles to get rid of verruca.
Larger warts are cured with cream called Imiquimod. It stimulates your immune system into attacking warts. It takes several weeks before you notice positive changes. Unfortunately, this cream has side effects:
- skin swelling;
- burning, itching, hardening and flakiness of the skin;
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
TCA destroys proteins inside the cells of the wart. This kind of treatment should be used with much care because it can damage healthy skin. The procedure of genital warts with acid should be done by doctors only. Don’t try to do it by yourself! A patient has to visit a hospital once a week.
Physical Ablation: When Is It Used?
Physical ablation consists of 4 main methods which are used for genital warts cure:
- cryotherapy (implies the usage of extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue);
- excision (means cutting warts with a surgical scalpel);
- electro surgery (implies usage of a high-frequency electric current to warts and other types of growths);
- laser surgery (is rather efficacious cure for genital warts of big size or extensive clusters located in inaccessible areas).