HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. It is a viral infection that cause sexually transmitted disease – Genital Warts.
You have no cure for HPV infection. Often the infection in your body disappears on its own.
If it does not, you have many HPV treatment options available to treat the symptoms caused by the human papilloma virus [HPV Symptoms].
With HPV, you may exhibit no symptoms but if any symptom develops, it may be itching, burning, or tenderness around the infected area, pain during sex or urination, chancre sores on the genital area and many more.
You have 80% chances of getting infected with HPV at some point throughout your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that approximately 6.2 million HPV infection new cases are raising yearly.
Human papilloma virus is a flat and thin cell that resides on the surface of the skin, vagina, anus, cervix, mouth, and throat. More than hundred kinds of HPV exist. Each HPV virus can be identified with specific number or type. Approximately 30 HPV types spread through sexual contact.
Remember that not all HPV kinds cause health problems. Some HPV types are harmless. Some can cause visible warts called genital warts while others can cause cervical cancer.
It is found that approximately 90% of genital warts are due to HPV types 6 and 11 and
70% of cervical cancers cases are due to HPV types 16, 18, 30 and 33.
HPV is transmitted from person-to- person during sexual contact. The HPV types that infect the genital area can spread easily through genital contact. However, most of the HPV cases are unaware of the infection in their body because of no side effects or symptoms.
On the other hand, HPV treatment through cryotherapy can help reduce the symptoms. Cryotherapy is a method of treating the abnormal cells on the skin and in genital area. This type of HPV treatment is also known as cryosurgery. The success rate of cryotherapy is 70-80%.
The aim of this HPV treatment is to wipe out the genital warts by freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen will be applied near the warts in order to freeze the tissue. It is then allowed to melt and frozen again.
Healing the symptoms from cryotherapy usually takes two to four weeks. This HPV treatment is inexpensive, safe and very effective.
On the other hand, HPV treatment also includes some medication such as podofilox (condylox). It is generally applied to the warts two times a day for every alternate day. This should be continued until the warts disappear completely.
Another medication called imiquimod can also be used as a HPV treatment option. This medication should be applied thrice a week at nights and wash it off with mild soap. Continue the treatment for a minimum of 4 months or till your warts disappears completely.
Interferon alpha can also be used in the HPV treatment of genital warts. It should be administered every alternate day for a minimum of 8-12 weeks.