Although many health care professionals frown upon genital wart removers sold over the counter, thousands of sufferers use these remedies every year and many report satisfactory results. The reason that health professionals believe genital wart removers from over the counter should not be used is that the genital area is very sensitive and can be easily injured if over the counter medications are not applied properly.

One of the most commonly used genital wart removers from over the counter is salicylic acid (Dr. Scholl's Wart Remover, Compound W. Freezone, Wart-off).

People with diabetes, HIV or other sensitivities and/or allergies to salicylic acid should not use this product. EVERYONE should check with their physician before using this product to treat genital warts. If redness or irritation occurs, cease using immediately and consult your physician.

Recent advances in the over the counter treatment of genital warts include topical products that stimulate the skin's own immune system to attack the virus. According to the patient education materials distributed with these products, they can be applied to genital warts topically at home and eliminate warts, not by destroying skin, but by prompting the patient's immune system to attack the virus itself. About half of the patients report removal of all treated genital warts, and warts shrink dramatically on most other patients, according the manufacturers of the over the counter medications.

According to the manufacturers, the benefit of these new over the counter therapies is that they use the body's own defenses to successfully control and potentially cure some of the most common skin conditions - conditions that can be both physically and psychologically disruptive to patient's lives. If over the counter genital wart treatments are successful, the patient may not have to endure embarrassing and painful trips to the doctor's office to treat genital warts.

A good source of information about removing 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, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

Again, it is important to remember that most health professionals advise against the use of genital wart removers sold over the counter. You should talk to your physician before attempted to use genital wart treatments that don't require prescriptions. Improper use of strong chemicals could significantly worsen your symptoms.

Glossary:

Salicylic Acid: (also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid) a colorless chemical used to treat skin disorders.
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