Today there are many treatments for genital warts available although many a times the warts can disappear on their own and without any medical treatment. Based on the size and location of the genital warts, a physician can propose several modes of treatment. There are creams like Imiquimod and 5% 5 – fluorouracil ointment as well as treatment by podophyllin antimitotic solution as well as Trichloroacteic acid. However these solutions should be taken with caution in pregnant women as they can cause birth defects in the unborn child. Similarly fluorouracil cream is also not advisable for use by pregnant women.
There are also some separate treatments for genital warts by cryosurgery or by freezing or by cauterization as well as by laser treatment. There is not any single method of treatment that can work to eliminate the warts. In some cases, the warts disappear on their own over a time period of two or three months. There are some doctors who also recommend the treatment of injecting antiviral interferon into the warts but the efficacy of this has not been proved emphatically.
Any of the treatments for genital warts can only work symptomatically and does not actually guarantee that the warts will not return. As the virus remains in the body, there is all possibility that even after people undergo treatments for genital warts the warts can come back again. For a person who has been infected with HPV, it is recommended the partner of the infected person also undergo treatment as a preventive measure. In case the warts still persist, contact a skin specialist or a specialist in sexually transmitted diseases who can suggest a better method of treatment. Remember it is prudent to start the treatment when the warts are smaller in size as they are easier to treat at that time.