Can genital warts cause permanent damage?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
Most of the time, genital warts go away either on their own or with the right treatment. In some cases, treatment may cause scarring, but that's the only permanent visible effect. However, it's important to remember that even though the warts themselves go away, the virus that causes them may remain in your body. This virus -- called the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- may cause another outbreak of warts. Some types of HPV can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. A doctor should be consulted to rule out this risk.

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