Genital warts in males are the outward symptoms of a viral infection which may include the tissues around the infected area. Male genital warts can affect the urethra, penis, scrotum and rectal area. The warts can appear as soft, raised areas with a surface that can be smooth or rough. Genital warts in males can be difficult to detect because they may be covered with pubic hair.
According to the American Academy of Physicians, there are several treatment options available to remove genital warts in males. The goal of treatment is to prevent spreading the virus and to relieve the physical symptoms. No particular method for removing male genital warts works in all cases. When choosing the best method to remove genital warts, your physician will consider the size, location and number of warts.
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.
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.
Doctors strongly caution against the use of home remedies for male genital warts because many of the chemicals used in these treatments can be very strong and cause irritation in the sensitive male genital area. Because there are so many male genital wart treatments available, you should consult with your doctor about your condition before deciding on the treatment for genital warts that is most appropriate for you.
GlossaryCyrotherapy: A procedure which incorporates the use of nitrogen oxide to remove male genital warts.
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