Genital warts are small, fleshy outgrowths that manifest on or around the genital area in both men and women. They are caused by the action of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and typically do not pose a threat to one's health. In a lot of cases, they appear without any accompanying symptoms, though they may be painful, itchy and discomforting. HPV and genital warts are sexually transmitted infections, so those with genital warts should be careful with sexual activity to prevent transferring infection to their partner. In some cases, genital warts disappear by themselves due to the body's natural virus-fighting mechanism. If they don't, an individual can consider the following methods of treatment.
Usually used for treating clusters of small warts, podophyllotoxin has a toxic effect on the cells forming warts. It is applied in specific dosages directly onto the wart-clusters using special application sticks. The liquid form is generally dripped onto the target area, though creamy formulations are available for places where a liquid is impractical.
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