Human Papillomavirus Treatment
Presently, there is no treatment for the virus itself. The majority of women have a healthy immune system, which helps them clear the virus from their bodies within 18-24 months.
There are treatments for the problems caused by HPV. In every case, your WellStar physician will help you weigh the benefits of each treatment approach and make an experienced recommendation for the best outcome. You can feel confident your decision will be based on both your input and the expertise and recommendations of your experienced physician.
Taking Care of Genital Warts
An initial viable option in dealing with genital warts is to not treat them. An aggressive treatment plan at the first sign of genital warts might eliminate some, but not those that continue to emerge. In many cases, the warts may disappear on their own. Untreated genital warts, it should be noted, do not turn into cancer.
When active treatment becomes necessary, warts can be removed by the patient with topical medications. The two options are:
- Podofilox®, or Condylox®, which is used for four weeks to destroy the wart tissue. Research shows that between 45 percent to 90 percent of warts disappear, but in 30 percent to 60 percent of cases, the warts come back.
- Imiquimod®, or Aldara®, which boosts the immune system to fight the virus. Clearance rates range from 70 percent to 85 percent, with between 5 percent and 20 percent of cases recurring.
A WellStar health care provider can also administer removal treatment with the options including:
- Surgical removal, which involves using a scalpel to cut the warts
- Electrocautery, which uses an electric current to burn off warts
- Cryotherapy, which freezes the wart with liquid nitrogen
- Trichloracetic acid, which applies a chemical to the wart
- Laser vaporization or excision of the warts
Taking Care of Abnormal Cervical Cells
After abnormal cervical cells appear on a Pap Test, they can become normal over time. But at other times, they can develop into cancer. If they remain abnormal, your WellStar professional can engage in treatment to prevent them from becoming cancerous. Such options may include surgery, laser treatment or freezing. This depends on the severity of the cell changes as well as your age and medical history. Thus, it remains critical that patients with abnormal cervical cells follow up with testing and treatment as recommended by their WellStar physicians.
Taking Care of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer, as with most cancers, is most treatable when it is diagnosed and treated early. Treatment, which may include surgery, depends on the severity of the cancer as well as your age, past medical history and other test results, which may include a cervical biopsy or a colonoscopy, which employs a specially designed microscope to examine the cervix.
Taking Care of other HPV-related Cancers
These cancers are most treatable when they are diagnosed and treated early. Treatment, which includes possible surgery, depends on the severity of the cancer as well as your age, past medical history and other test results.
Taking Care of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP)
Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP) can be treated with surgery or medicines. Sometimes, it can take many treatments or surgeries over a period of years to get rid of RRP successfully.