In order to decide what the best genital wart treatment is, I did a little research about the disease. These warts are caused by sub-types of human papillomavirus (HPV), and are transmitted by skin to skin contact.
The bad news is that there is no cure for HPV. You may not know you have the virus because, even if your cells are infected, a latency period of months to years may occur. HPV can last for several years without a symptom. There is a 70 % chance to contact the disease by having sex with a partner that is infected, though he demonstrates no outward symptoms.
There are however ways to treat visible warts. If you are lucky the genital warts may disappear without treatment, but there is no way to predict whether they will grow back or completely disappear.
The best genital wart treatment for you must be recommended by a doctor. Do not use remedies meant for other kinds of warts. You can get treated at your doctor’s office, or he may prescribe a medication that you apply at home.
Some of the home remedies include:
• Imiquimod (Aldara)
• Podophyllin and podofilox (Condylox)
• Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
• Sinecatechins (marketed as Veregen and Polyphenon E)
There are alternatives to the ointment treatments like:
• Laser therapy
• Surgical excision
All of your sexual partners must be examined and treated if the infection is detected. Follow-up examinations are necessary to see if the warts have returned. For women a Pap smear may note changes caused by HPV. A high-risk type of HPV that is known to cause cervical cancer can be identified with an HPV DNA test. This test may be done:
• By women over age 30 as a screening test
• By women of any age who have a slightly abnormal Pap test result
Even the best genital wart treatment that you have been recommended might not be 100% effective. You should refrain from sexual activity until therapy is completed and use condoms in order to decrease the transmission of genital warts.