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Procedures for Treating Genital WartsSeveral types of procedures are used to treat genital warts. These include:
- Cryosurgery, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts off
- Laser surgery, which uses light to destroy warts
- Electrosurgery, which uses an electric current to burn off the warts
- Surgery to cut them out.
Other Genital Warts TreatmentsSome healthcare providers use the antiviral drug alpha interferon, which they inject directly into the warts to treat any that have returned after being removed by traditional means. The drug is expensive, however, and does not reduce the rate at which the genital warts return.
Expected Results From TreatmentEven after genital warts are treated, the virus (genital HPV) may remain and warts can return. This means that the warts that return within the first several months after treatment are usually from recurrence and not reinfection. It is also not clear whether treating genital warts lowers a person's chance of giving the virus to a sexual partner or not.
- Go away on their own
- Remain unchanged
- Increase in size or number.