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How are genital warts treated?

Treatments your doctor may consider are medications, such as podophyllotoxin or imiquimod, to destroy the wart tissue or trigger the body's immune system to fight off the infection and remove the wart. Cryotherapy is a procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze individual genital warts. This is usually performed by a doctor in their office. Laser therapy uses an intense light to burn off genital warts. This procedure can be performed under an anesthetic to reduce the pain. Unfortunately, removing the warts does not get rid of the virus and warts can sometimes reappear.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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