Genital Wart Removal
Genital warts are a type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). You can get genital warts through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Genital warts appear as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area.
There is no cure for HPV, but genital warts can be removed. If you decide to have warts removed, do not use over-the-counter medicines meant for other kinds of warts. There are special, prescription-only treatments for genital warts. Your doctor or nurse must prescribe the medicine for you.
Your doctor or nurse may apply a chemical to treat the warts in the doctor’s office or prescribe a cream for you to apply at home. Surgery is also an option.
Your doctor may:
- Use an electric current to burn off the warts
- Use a light/laser to destroy the warts
- Freeze off the warts
- Cut out the warts
Treatment can only remove the genital wart(s). Treatment does not cure HPV, the virus that causes genital warts.