Over the counter genital wart treatments can be found in any drug store. Health care professionals generally do not approve of over the counter genital war…
Over the counter genital wart treatments can be found in any drug store. Health care professionals generally do not approve of over the counter genital wart treatments because if they are used improperly they can damage the sensitive genital area.
Some people prefer over the counter treatments because it allows them to save the time, embarrassment and expense of a doctor’s visit. If you do decide to see a doctor for treatment, make sure that he or she is aware of any over the counter treatments you are using. Some over the counter treatments can be dangerous is they are used in conjunction with prescription medications.
Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in many over the counter genital wart treatments like Dr.Scholl’s Wart Remover, Compound W, Freezone and Wart-Off. People with compromised immune systems or people who are allergic to salicylic acid should not use these products.
Over the counter genital wart treatments containing salicylic acid are applied directly to the affected area of the genital warts. Consumers are then instructed to hydrate the skin in order to enhance the effects by applying warm water for five minutes prior to use. Remove any loose tissue on or around the genital warts and dry thoroughly. When the area is dry apply the salicylic solution. Most people who use salicyclic solutions report that the genital warts show improvement within one to two weeks. If redness, a burning sensation or irritation occurs, you should stop using the salicyclic treatments and consult your physician immediately.
Genital wart treatments that contain salicylic acid are not recommended for use on moles, birthmarks, warts with hair growing from them, irritated skin or any infected or reddened area. Women who are pregnant should not use these genital warts treatments because the strong chemicals they contain may have adverse affects on the fetus.
There have been some recent advances in over the counter genital wart treatments, including some topical products that stimulate the skin’s own immune system to attack the virus. These topical products can be applied topically to eliminate warts and work not by destroying the skin, but by prompting the patient’s immune system to combat the virus that causes the warts. About half of all of the patients who have used these topical genital wart treatments report positive results within a couple of weeks.
A good source of information about over the counter treatments for genital warts is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This group is a component of the National Institutes of Health. NIAID supports basic and applied research to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
It is important to remember that most health professionals advise against the use of over the counter genital warts treatment. Improper use of the strong chemicals in over the counter genital warts treatments could result in serious skin irritations.