How are they treated?
Genital warts can get better on their own and sometimes you may not even be aware that you have the virus. If there are no visible warts, treatment is not normally needed.
The treatment depends on what sort of genital warts you have and where they are located.
Genital warts are usually treated in one of two ways:
- Topical treatments: applied directly to the warts, usually in the form of a cream, liquid, or lotion
- Removal of the warts using heat, freezing them off, or removing them by cutting the tissue away.
Topical treatments are usually used on soft warts, while removal is more commonly used to treat hard or rough genital warts.
It can take a few weeks or even months for topical treatments to work, so it is essential to stick with applying the treatment until the warts have completely disappeared.
Be aware that some creams or lotions used to treat genital warts can have a weakening effect on latex contraceptives including condoms and caps.