Diagnosing External Genital Warts
If you think you have EGWs or have been exposed to HPV, see your doctor. While some warts are big enough to be noticeable, others may be very small and hard to see. You can also have HPV without having any warts. Only a doctor can diagnose your condition and find the best treatment for you.
What to expect at your doctor exam
Your doctor will check your genital area very closely and may use a magnifying lens to find small genital and perianal warts. A Pap test, used to assess cervical changes, can help detect HPV in women. There is currently no test for HPV in men.
What your doctor will look for:
- In women, warts can grow on the vulva, walls of the vagina, cervix, area between the external genitals and/or anus.
- In men, warts can grow on the penis, scrotum and/or anus.
Try not to feel embarrassed
EGWs are common in the US—there are at least 1,000,000 known cases a year. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported increases in the number of first-time doctor visits for EGWs each year—more, in fact, than some other common sexually transmitted diseases. You are not alone. By seeing your doctor, you're on your way to clearing up the condition.
The importance of getting treated
Some genital and perianal warts do go away on their own. However, most people need some help in getting rid of them. Left untreated, EGWs may stay the same, or can increase in number and size. The longer they go untreated, the harder they are to clear up. You need to avoid sexual contact until the warts are cleared.
VEREGEN® is indicated for the topical treatment of external genital and perianal warts (Condylomata acuminata) in patients 18 years and older.
Important Selected Safety Information
Do not use VEREGEN® Ointment, 15% if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. Do not use VEREGEN® Ointment, 15% for warts in the vagina, cervix, or inside the anus. Avoid contact with your eyes, nostrils and mouth while ointment is on your finger(s).
Avoid use of VEREGEN® on open wounds. Do not expose skin that has been treated with VEREGEN® to the sunlight, sunlamps or tanning beds. Tell your doctor if you are using any other type of skin product on the area to be treated. Avoid sexual contact (genital, anal or oral) when VEREGEN® Ointment, 15% is on your genital or perianal skin. If you do choose to have sexual contact, you must wash off the ointment carefully before having protected sexual contact as the ointment may weaken condoms and vaginal diaphragms.
Be sure to tell the doctor if you have a weak immune system or if you are pregnant or nursing a baby. Avoid using this product in patients younger than 18 years of age or for longer than 16 weeks. If your warts do not go away or come back after treatment contact your doctor.
The most common side effects with VEREGEN® Ointment, 15% are local skin and application site reactions including: redness, swelling, sores or blisters, burning, itching, pain.
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