Our treatment section is divided into two categories:
All sexual partners must be evaluated and treated, as sexual partners may
carry the virus and if untreated they may reinfect the treated partner. Condoms
are effective to prevent reinfection and transmission of the virus.
Obviously your treatment is a personal choice, and one that you need to feel
comfortable with. Our recommendation is that you consult with a doctor
before making any decision.
Your doctor may recommend burning, freezing, or surgically removing your
condyloma. This can be the most painful method and NOT BE NECESSARY, but
many doctors still prefer this method because it has been around for years and
they are familiar with the procedure. Although sometimes necessary as a
LAST RESORT, in our opinion this method is OVERUSED by physicians. Often a
topically applied non-prescription or prescription medication will work just as
well and be MUCH LESS PAINFUL and will have better overall results. If
your doctor suggests freezing, burning, or cutting the condyloma or wart off,
ask the doctor if a topical product might not be tried first. Although NO
treatment is 100% effective, a topical is much less painful and will probably
not leave as large a scar, if any.
That being said, Surgical excision is often the quickest and most effective
treatment for large lesions and those that do not respond to other methods.
Electrosurgical removal using a high-energy electrical current can be employed
to treat HPV lesions. The use of electrosurgery has the advantage of less
bleeding. Small lesions can be removed with surgery using local anesthesia.
Larger lesions require a general anesthetic. Lasers have been used with a high
success rate in removing HPV lesions. Lasers' advantages include high cure rates
and less bleeding after the procedure. The disadvantages are the expense and
lack of availability in most physicians' offices.
To view more information on these topical treatments (recommended), click on
one of the links below: