Diagnosing External Genital and Perianal Warts

If you think you have genital or perianal warts or have been exposed to HPV, see a dermatologist or other healthcare professional. 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 exam

Your doctor will check your genital area very closely and may use a magnifying lens to find small genital and perianal warts.

What your doctor will look for:

  • In women, warts can grow on areas such as the vulva and in the area between the external genitals and anus.
  • In men, warts can grow on areas such as the penis, scrotum, and/or anus.

Try not to feel embarrassed

You are not alone. Genital and perianal warts are common in the US—in 2014, there were nearly 500,000 doctors' office visits for new cases. By seeing your dermatologist or other healthcare professional, you are taking the first step to addressing the condition.

The importance of getting treated

Some genital and perianal warts do go away on their own. However, some people need help in getting rid of them. Left untreated, genital and perianal warts may stay the same or increase in number and size. Talk to your dermatologist or other healthcare professional about safe sex practices.


VEREGEN® is indicated for the topical treatment of external genital and perianal warts (Condylomata acuminata) in immunocompetent patients 18 years and older.

Important 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, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, or if you have used VEREGEN® before. 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 (incidence ≥ 20%): redness, itching, burning, pain, sores, swelling, hard spots, rash with blisters.

For more information, consult your healthcare professional.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you have a product complaint about VEREGEN®, please call PharmaDerm customer service at 1-800-525-8747.

The information on this website should not take the place of talking with your healthcare professional. If you need medical information, please talk to your healthcare professional.

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