There are several treatments that are used for the treatment of genital warts in males. The goal of treatment of male genital warts is to prevent spreading the virus and to relieve the physical symptoms. No particular method for the treatment of genital warts is perfect for all cases. When choosing the best method to treat male genital warts, your physician will consider the size, location and number of warts.
Male genital warts can affect the urethra, penis, scrotum and rectal area. The warts can appear as soft, raised area with a surface that can be smooth or rough with many fingerlike projections. Infection with HPV may be difficult to detect in males because some lesions may be hidden by hair. Males with genital warts sometimes complain of burning, itching and discharge.
Treatments for male genital warts may include topical chemical solutions, anti-viral solutions, immunotherapy, cyrotherapy and surgical solutions.
Physicians who provide treatment for male genital warts in their offices will likely use one of the following techniques:
Cyrotherapy - removing male genital warts with liquid nitrogen
TCA (trichloracetic acid) - a chemical compound used to remove male genital warts.
Electrocautery - burning off male genital warts with an electrical current
Laser therapy - using an intense light to remove genital warts (Laser treatments for male genital warts can be very expensive and is not available in all physicians' offices.)
At-home prescription treatments for male genital warts include imiquimod cream and podofilox cream. These creams require repeated daily applications over a period of weeks. Many patients prefer these medications because they can be applied in the privacy of their homes.
Some holistic medicine practitioners recommend "immune response modifiers" to stimulate the skin's immunity as a treatment for genital warts. These therapies can be used to optimize and enhance the skin's immunity.
It is important to understand that effective treatment of male genital warts does not constitute a cure. This is because the treatment removes the genital warts, but not the HPV virus. As long as the HPV virus is present, male genital warts can recur and require additional treatment. Condoms do not adequately protect against genital warts, because the infected spot may not be covered by a condom. The only reliable prevention is not to have skin contact with potentially infected tissue.
Because there are so many male genital wart treatments available, you should with your doctor about your condition before deciding on the treatment for genital warts that is most appropriate for you.
GlossaryImmune Response Modifiers: Special creams recommended by holistic medical practitioners to boost the immunity of the skin.
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