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How can I get rid of genital warts at home?

By Anonymous August 14, 2011 - 2:31am
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Hi, I have noticed I got a wart on the outside of my vagina for 4 months now and its not going away. Is there anything I can do to use a medicine from the pharmacy to remove it at home without using liquid nitrogen etc.?

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Hi anon,
Have you been to your gynecologist to have your wart diagnosed by your doctor? This is an important first step, in order to confirm what virus is causing the wart, and to make sure the inside of your vagina and your cervix are healthy.

As far as treatment is concerned, the information from our genital warts page explains it best:
"Your treatment depends on the size and location of the warts. Treatment helps the symptoms, but does not cure the virus. The virus stays in your body. Warts or other problems may recur.

Treatments may include:
Topical Treatments

Your doctor may recommend one of these medications to be applied to the affected areas:

* Imiquimod cream
* Podophyllum resin
* Podofilox solution
* 5-Fluorouracil cream
* Trichloroacetic acid

Cryosurgery, Electrocautery, or Laser Treatment

Methods that instantly destroy warts include:

* Cryosurgery (freezing)
* Electrocautery (burning)
* Laser treatment

These methods are used on small warts and on large warts that have not responded to other treatment. A large wart can also be removed surgically. For warts that keep coming back, an antiviral drug, called alpha-interferon, can be injected into the wart."

Here is some information about leaving genital warts untreated:
EmpowHER Video by Dr. Grobe: What are risks of leaving untreated?

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