Genital Warts

Genital warts, also known as venereal warts or condylomata acuminata, are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.

As the name suggests, genital warts affect the moist tissues of the genital area. They may look like small, flesh-colored bumps or have a cauliflower-like appearance. Genital warts may be very small, or they may multiply into large clusters.

Although genital warts can be treated with medications and surgery, they are a serious health concern. The virus that causes genital warts Ś the human papillomavirus (HPV) Ś has been associated with cervical cancer. It has also been linked with other types of genital cancers.

Several medications exist for treating genital warts and can be used as an alternative to other treatments.

Podophyllum Resin (Pod-Ben-25, Podofin) - Topically applied by a doctor.

Pdofilox (Condylox) - Can be topically applied at home, higher cure rates than Podophyllum resin, useful for prevention.

Trichloroacetic acid - Topically applied, response is often incomplete and recurrence is higher, may cause pain and burning.

5-Fluorouracil (Efudex) - Applied as a cream, long treatment time, can cause burning and irritation, many side effects.

Interferon alpha-n3 (Alferon N) - Used as an injection for warts that do not respond to other therapies, many side effects.

Imiquimod (Aldara) - New treatment, applied as a cream, local skin irritation is a common side effect.

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