Genital Warts

Genital Warts Treatment: Antiproliferative Therapies

Podophyllin resin 10%-25%

This is applied by the doctor onto the warts in a 10-25% suspension in tincture of benzoin.

  • Disadvantages - has to be applied by the physician. It can be irritating. Care must be taken not to apply it to the area surrounding the warts. It cannot be used for pregnant women.

Podophylox 0.5% solution or gel

This is a purified podophyllin. This can be safely used by the patient. It is applied on the warts twice a day for 3 consecutive days in a week and then repeated 2 to 4 times. Clearance of warts occurs in about 40 to 70% of patients. The warts recur in up to 38% of patients.

  • Advantages - can be applied by the patient. Relatively inexpensive. Does not contain the mutagenic substances found in podophyllin resin.
  • Disadvantages - Inflammation causing burning, itching, and pain can occur as can superficial ulceration of the skin. It should not be used for pregnant patients.


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