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How long do genital warts last? What to know

Tuesday 06/March/2018 - 03:18 PM
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Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papillomavirus. They can disappear on their own over time، but usually heal faster with treatment.
They appear as flesh-colored bumps around the genitals and are usually soft to the touch.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. Once infected، a person cannot get rid of HPV.

Not everyone with HPV has genital warts. As a symptom، warts come and go. While there is no cure، they can be managed with creams or other treatments.Medics Today said.

How long do genital warts last?
Genital warts can disappear without treatment. This will usually happen within 2 years، though it can take longer. Warts left untreated are likely to return more quickly. People can eliminate genital warts much faster with treatment.

For a person using cream، it may take as little as a few months for warts to disappear. They may go away more quickly following a surgical procedure.

Genital warts may appear within weeks، months، or years of a person contracting HPV.

An outbreak will present as lumps anywhere around the genitals. In some cases، outbreaks can also appear on the throat، mouth، lips، or tongue.

In addition to clearing up genital warts more quickly، treatment can:

ease associated pain، itching، and irritation
lower the risk of spreading HPV to other people
Treatments for genital warts include:

Topical creams
A doctor can prescribe a topical cream، or recommend an over-the-counter variety. It is important to note that over-the-counter remedies for regular warts cannot treat genital warts.

Creams for genital warts include:


This cream is made from green tea extract and is prescribed to manage external and anal genital warts. Apply this to the affected area three times daily for up to 4 months.

Sinecatechins is highly effective، and most people tolerate it well.

Side effects may include:

a burning sensation
pain or discomfort in the area

Imiquimod works to get rid of external genital warts and has also been used to treat some skin cancers. Apply the ointment directly to warts at least 3 days a week for up to 4 months.

Imiquimod can also help to boost a person's immune system، encouraging it to fight the HPV infection. However، studies have shown it to be effective in just over 50 percent of people. Also، women observed a complete disappearance of warts more often than men.

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