At this time there is no treatment against the Papilloma virus, only a vaccine to avoid infection by some of its strains. The treatments that are given are usually against the warts that the Papilloma virus causes. It’s important to treat these warts because they tend to spread and infect healthy skin nearby, effectively causing an entire layer of warts (as you can see in the ’Pictures’ section). Having genital warts on the skin further increases the chances of infection from another person with the virus, and additionally they also provide an aesthetic problem.
Importantly, removing the genital warts does not cure one of the Papilloma virus, just removes unsightly warts from the skin. However, they still should be removed to prevent the spread of wart in the region.
In about half the cases, removing the Condyloma warts will keep them away forever, in the other half they may return in similar form. However, it is important to understand that even in the case of the appearance of condyloma, the immune system can eliminate the virus within a few months – in sixty percent of cases the virus will be gone in less than a year, and as much as ninety percent in less than two years. However, condyloma warts do not disappear on their own, and will remain until removed.
After the diagnosis of Condyloma by a dermatologist, it’s usually recommended to remove the warts. The nature of the removal procedure will differ regarding to the severity of the situation, the location of the warts, the physician’s experience, and the tools that he or she has available.
Different types of Condyloma genital warts treatments:
- Treatment of the genital wart by laser – This treatment is acceptable usually in warts that appear in relatively outwardly locations – the vulva, the external part of the anus, the penis, and the skin. This treatment is generally performed in a surgery room, and requires local a shot of local anesthesia (causing a slight pain in the affected skin), after which the laser cauterization will not be felt at all. Laser cauterization only takes a few minutes and is usually performed by hospitals, health insurance companies, and private practices. There are cases where laser cauterization is performed in deeper locations in the vagina or rectum, but this treatment is not as common and only performed by few doctors.
- Burning the genital warts with liquid Nitrogen – This treatment is also common for Condyloma warts in relatively outwardly locations. It is very simple and usually performed at the dermatologist’s clinic. During this treatment, the doctor will direct a device the sprats liquid Nitrogen on the affected skin. The temperature of medical-grade liquid Nitrogen is lower than negative 300 degrees Fahrenheit (-200 degrees Celsius), and it will cause the death of any cell it comes in contact with. This treatment causes a slight pain in the affected area. After treatment, the wart will change colors, and in a few days will fall off by itself.
- Burning off the genital wart with an electric needle – This treatment is effective for Condyloma warts in all areas of the body – the skin, vulva, anus, and rectum. The process of treatment will vary depending on the Condyloma’s location and its extent. In cases where the Condyloma is minor and on the skin, the treatment is usually carried out at the dermatologist’s clinic without anesthesia, where he or she will burn the wart from the root until it falls off, before bandaging the area. If the Condyloma is in a more intimate location, the treatment will be done in an operating room, under local or general anesthesia. During treatment, the surgeon will burn the warts. Where the warts are anal or vaginal, the doctor will insert a sterile gauze pad to absorb traces of blood and secretions. The patient will usually be discharged after a few hours, returning for checkup about a week later. This treatment is not as simple as the other treatment options, not because of its complexity, rather because of the sensitive body parts where it is performed.
- Surgical resection – This treatment option is carried out in large-scale cases of Condyloma that cannot be removed by other means. In this case, the operation will be performed at a hospital under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will remove the affected skin and close up the resulting incision area. The patient may be discharged from the hospital in a few hours, or sometimes a few days after the surgery, depending on the complexity of the operation.
- 12 hours Tu kill treatment – This treatment which can be bought in eBay, is based on a liquid put directly on the wart causing it to dry out and fall. The product can be purchased through this link:
- Treatment of Condyloma with a cream (IMIQUIMOD) – There are a few creams on the market based on an active ingredient called IMIQUIMOD (which presents itself under trade names like Aldara, Zyclara, or Beselana. These lotions are sold on a prescription-only basis. Studies show that these creams are effective in half the cases, where the wart will disappear without returning. The idea behind the cream is to strengthen the immune system’s reaction in the affected areas, thus taking less time overcome the virus. The cream should be used daily, for 10-16 weeks, upon follow-up from a doctor. Like other treatments, the cream will not block new Condyloma warts from appearing, treating only the skin or wart where it was applied. A side effect that shows up in 11% of cases is a fungus growth in the affected area.
- Treatment of the Condyloma with a gel (Podophyllotoxin) – There are topical gels on the market based on an active ingredient called Podophyllotoxin (PPT) – appearing under trade names such as Condylox – with varying concentration of PPT (between 0.15% to 0.5%). These topical gels are also sold prescription-only, and are based on blocking cell division in the wart. These gels are usually applied in cycles – three days on, twice a day, then four days off. Usually, a patient would perform up to four such cycles.
- Homeopathic treatment for genital warts, treatment of Condyloma warts with a natural treatment – You can find various natural and homeopathic treatments for genital warts. These treatments may be effective, but should not replace a visit to the dermatologist.
Recovery from Condyloma wart treatment
The recovery from treatment of Condyloma warts varies depending on the spread of warts and their locations on the body.
In the simplest cases, where the Condyloma is small-scale and on the skin, the wart is cauterized with a laser, liquid Nitrogen, or electric needle, recovery is instant and the patient can return to their regular life immediately, almost unaffected by the procedure they have had done.
In slightly more complicated cases, where genital warts are present in more sensitive areas – the vulva, penis, anus, or rectum, the patient will feel uncomfortable for a few weeks in the treated area. The vulva will be more sensitive in friction with the underpants, as will the penis. The anus may feel uncomfortable during secretion. The doctor may recommend topical skin-numbing creams such as EMLA and Esracain to decrease the discomfort.
Within a week, these feelings shall pass, and within two weeks you will be able to return to sexual activity. After recovery, we recommend only having safe sex while avoiding contact between your genitals and the partner’s hands. We recommend continuing having safe sex until the warts are gone for good – which may mean the immune system has overcome the virus.
In the most complicated cases of Condyloma genital warts, where the warts are deep in the vagina or the rectum, recovery is harder and takes more time. After removal of the warts using the different methods specified above, there is a sense of dull pain for three to four days, which increases when sitting down or walking. During secretions, the pain becomes even stronger, sometimes causing bleeding as well. The discomfort will decrease gradually for a month after treatment. In the first days, we recommend using over the counter pain relievers, as well as skin numbing creams.
After wart removal deep in the vagina, there will be a discomfort depending on the extent of the development of the Condyloma warts, the number of them, and their depths in the vaginal cavity. After treatment of warts in the vagina, the surgeon will usually recommend a week or two off for rest. Return to sexual activity in this case is slower, usually longer than a month. We recommend returning to sexual activity by practicing safe sex only and avoiding direct contact between the partner’s hands and your affected areas. We recommend continuing safe sex practices until the warts are gone for good – a sign which may mean that the immune system has overcome the virus.