Genital Warts Treatment
Genital warts are classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), which are commonly passed on through vaginal and anal sex. You may also pass it on through sharing sex toys and, in rare cases, through oral sex. You can get treatment for genital warts from a local sexual health clinic or from Medicine Direct, following an online consultation with a certified doctor. You will need a prescription for treatments for genital warts, which one of our doctors can give you. Find out more and browse our treatment options below.

Genital Warts Treatment

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  1. Warticon Solution (3ml)
    Warticon Solution (3ml)
    From As low as £30.99
    • Available as a Solution or Cream
    • Effectivley kills the the herpes simplex virus (HPV) that causes genital warts
    • Treats Genital Warts in both Men and Women
  2. Warticon Cream
    Warticon Cream
    From As low as £34.99
    • Used to treat Genital Warts in both Men and Women
    • Fights the HPV causing the cells within the warts to die
    • Allows healthy tissue to replace the wart cells within a matter of weeks
  3. Condyline
    From As low as £34.99
    • Promotes healthy skin growth by targeting the cells of the warts
    • Effective in the treatment of Genital Warts
    • Stops genital warts from spreading within 3 days
    • Clears the genital warts within 4 weeks
  4. Aldara 5% Cream
    Aldara 5% Cream
    From As low as £74.99
    • Used to treat Genital Warts
    • Helps to kill the cells within warts preventing it from spreading
    • Typically clears genital warts in 8 weeks

Genital Warts Overview

Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections, which are caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Almost everyone who is sexually active will become infected with at least one form of this virus at some point in their life.

They look like small, flesh-coloured bumps and sometimes have an appearance that resembles cauliflower. They are so small that they are not visible in a lot of cases. They occur in the moist tissues of the genital area.

The HPV virus that causes genital warts comes in different strains; some cause genital warts, others can cause cancer. You can be vaccinated against certain strains of genital HPV.

Genital Warts Symtoms

The most common symptoms of genital warts are:

  • Bleeding when you have sex
  • Itching or discomfort in your genital area
  • Small, flesh-coloured brown or pink lumps around your genital area
  • A cluster of warts close together that have a cauliflower-like shape

Men may develop genital warts on the tip or shaft of the penis, or on the scrotum or anus.

Women can develop warts on:

  • The vaginal walls
  • The vulva
  • The area between the external genitals and the anus
  • The anal canal
  • The cervix

Are you sure you have warts?

Genital warts can be so small and/or flat that they are barely visible. In rare instances, they can multiply into large clusters; this may happen if you have a suppressed immune system.

Once you get the infection, it may take weeks or even months for the symptoms to appear.

If you or your partner develop any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor.

Causes of genital warts

There are more than 40 different strains of HPV that can affect your genital area. Almost always, genital warts are caused by skin-on-skin contact during sexual intercourse.

Many people who have no symptoms still have the virus and can pass it on. Even when there are no visible warts, you can still pass genital warts on to another person.

If you have genital warts, your sexual partner should be tested to make sure they have not got them as well.

Genital warts can be caught from:

  • Skin-on-skin contact, including vaginal and anal sex
  • Oral sex, in rare cases
  • Sharing sex toys
  • In rare cases, it can be passed from a mother to her baby during birth

You cannot catch genital warts from kissing or sharing things like cutlery, cups or toilet seats

Tests for genital warts

In most cases, a doctor can diagnose warts just by their appearance, although in some cases they may need to perform a biopsy.

Women may have a Pap test, which is where a doctor uses an instrument called a speculum to hold open the vagina and inspect the passage between your vagina and the cervix. They will use a long-handled tool to collect a small cell sample from the cervix, which will be examined for abnormalities under a microscope.

HPV tests are another form of diagnosis for genital warts. Only a small number of genital HPV types are linked to cervical cancer, but the cervical cells taken during a Pap test can also test for strains of the virus that may cause cancer.

Your doctor will normally only carry this out if you are aged 30 or above.

How are genital warts treated?

If your warts do not cause you any discomfort, you may not require treatment. However, if you are bothered by them, there are various genital wart treatments available to buy on prescription.

You can buy various medicines to aid in the treatment of genital warts and the human papillomavirus (HPV) from Medicine Direct. After an online consultation with a certified doctor, who will review your symptoms and medical history and prescribe the most suitable genital warts treatment for you, you can purchase this treatment from our online pharmacy. Order by 2pm and we can offer you free next day delivery.

About Aldara

Aldara is the brand name for imiquimod, which is a cream that is commonly used to treat genital warts. It boosts your immune system's ability to combat the problem.

You should avoid sexual contact while using this treatment as it can irritate your partner's skin. It may also weaken condoms and diaphragms.

Side effects may include blisters, rashes, fatigue, skin redness or body aches and pains.

About Condyline

Condyline is also a topical solution that prevents warts from growing and dividing. It is one of the most common treatments for genital warts and is suitable to be used by both men and women.

You should start to notice results after the first three days of treatment.

About Warticon

Warticon is a topical treatment for genital warts that is available to purchase as a cream or a solution. It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin, which is an antiviral plant extract that attacks HPV, killing the warts. This allows healthy tissue to grow and replace the warts after a few weeks.

All three of these treatments are available to order from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with a certified doctor, who will prescribe the most suitable form of medication to treat your specific case.

Genital Herpes Frequently Asked Questions

What do genital warts look like?

Genital warts look like small, flesh-coloured bumps. Sometimes, they are in cauliflower-like groups.

In many cases, they are so small that they are not visible.

Who gets genital warts?

Anyone who is sexually active is likely to get some form of HPV at least once in their life. However, most cases are unnoticeable and do not require treatment.

How do you get HPV and genital warts?

Genital warts can be caught from:

  • Skin-on-skin contact, including vaginal and anal sex
  • Oral sex, in rare cases
  • Sharing sex toys
  • In rare cases, it can be passed from a mother to her baby during birth

I have some genital warts that have just appeared. Will my partner think I have cheated on them?

You risk catching HPV if you have unprotected sex with someone who has genital warts. Even if you use a condom, you are still at risk depending on the affected area.

It can be hard to know when you got the virus and from whom.

How would I know if I had genital warts? Do they hurt?

External genital warts will normally be found by examining the area. It can be very difficult to spot them in many cases, particularly if they are flesh-coloured. In some cases, the warts are inside the vagina, cervix or anus, and they rarely cause any symptoms like bleeding, pain or itching.

Your doctor may find them while examining you for an entirely different condition. An abnormal cervical smear may be a warning sign that women have HPV, although a cervical smear is not intended to check for this virus.

Can I self-diagnose genital warts?

You can normally diagnose warts by noticing the symptoms yourself. However, if you have had more than one outbreak, you should seek medical help for a genital warts treatment.

What should my partner do if I have genital warts or HPV?

If you have already had sex, your partner should inspect themselves for signs of warts. Seek treatment if they notice signs that they may also have this problem.

You should avoid having sexual contact until both cases have cleared up.

Can HPV and genital warts be cured? Will I have them forever?

Medicines used to treat genital warts will aim to remove the external warts, but there is no cure for HPV itself.

The virus can lie dormant and recur at any time, although this does not always happen.

What about HPV, genital warts and cancer?

Certain strains of HPV are linked to cancer, but these are not normally the types that are connected with genital warts. Women should have regular smear checks, nonetheless, as this is a good way of safeguarding against cervical cancer.

In almost all cases, cancer can be prevented through early detection and treatment of cervical tissue.

What about HPV, genital warts and pregnancy? Is getting pregnant dangerous?

Genital warts rarely cause complications during pregnancy or birth. Although, in rare cases, they can be passed on to the baby during birth.

If you think you may have genital warts and are pregnant, you should speak to your doctor for advice on the most appropriate treatments. Rarely, you may be advised to have a C-section for your and your baby's welfare.

What are filiform warts and why are they formed?

Filiform warts are long and thin warts that you can find on your face, eyelids, lips or neck. They are flesh coloured and can form a strain of HPV that makes the top layer of your skin grow too quickly.

Can you catch these warts from a toilet seat?

No, you cannot catch them from sharing a toilet seat with someone who has them.

Do genital warts smell?

They usually do not have any odour at all, although ulcerated warts or infected skin that has not been treated may produce discharge that has an unpleasant smell.

How long does it take for the warts to go?

Treatments for genital warts usually clear the problem within three months of beginning the medication. However, as the virus that causes genital warts can never be completely killed, there is still a residue of the virus lying dormant, which can recur later on.

If your symptoms persist, speak to your doctor as you may need another course of treatment. Alternatively, you can have an online consultation with one of our registered doctors, who can prescribe the most appropriate treatments for your specific condition.

Why do people who do not have anal sex sometimes get anal warts?

Anal warts can occur without having anal sex. The human papillomavirus is multi-centric, which means it can travel to other areas of the body and be transferred in a number of ways, such as via the fingers during foreplay.

Can genital warts lead to infertility?

HPV can increase your risk of developing precancerous or cancerous cells in your cervix, which may affect your ability to have children.

The actual warts should not have any effect on your fertility, though.

Is any gender more likely to get genital warts?

You are no more likely to get this problem as a result of your gender.

Doctor Notes

Medicine Direct have an experienced clinical team of doctors, pharmacists and dispensers, all of whom are based in the UK. All are fully trained and qualified to provide appropriate and considered care across all areas of treatment we have available at our online pharmacy.

This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.

We are fully regulated

All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC), MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Each member of our team has also worked in various clinic settings in the past, such as community pharmacies and NHS hospitals.

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

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This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

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