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What are the side effects of treatment for genital warts?

There are multiple ways to treat genital warts. The most common way is to freeze or burn the lesions. This procedure can be painful. Rarely, freezing can cause "white spots" in the areas treated. Scarring may occur after burning the spots off. A cream may also be given to help prevent recurrence. This may cause irritation.

Genital warts may be treated with a variety of medications or surgeries, and each treatment has its own possible side effects. Medications may be applied directly to the skin that's affected by genital warts. Many of these medications may irritate or even burn the surrounding skin. They can also irritate your sex partner's skin if you have sexual contact while the medication is on your skin. Surgical methods like cryosurgery (freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen) and laser surgery may be used, but these methods may be uncomfortable or painful and may cause scarring. Talk to your doctor about possible side effects before starting any treatment.

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