Treating genital warts can be a difficult task. The warts can be removed, but the viral infection itself cannot be cured. The virus goes on living inside your skin. This is why the warts often return after they have been removed, and you may need to have them removed again.
So the purpose or goal of treatment is to remove the visible wart. Removing genital warts might reduce the risk of passing it to others, but it is not known if it eliminates the risk of spreading the disease completely. Removing a genital wart does not mean that the wart will not return. Since the virus will most likely remain in the body, the wart might probably come back.
Do not attempt or try to remove genital warts yourself. For example, chemicals you can buy at the store to remove warts from your hands should not be used. They can make your genital skin very sore. Only a health care practitioner, like a doctor or nurse should remove a genital wart.
How are genital warts removed?
One way to remove the warts is to freeze them. This is called cryotherapy. The warts can also be taken off with a laser. Special chemicals can be used to remove the warts. These chemicals dissolve warts in the genital area. They may have to be applied to the area a number of times over a period of several weeks before the treatment is complete.
The most common methods of treatment are explained below:
Remember, go to a doctor or nurse for treatment. Do not try to remove the genital warts yourself.