How long for genital warts to go away with treatment?

Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can be caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). They’re not exactly G-rated, but they’re not uncommon either. Though it may feel embarrassing or uncomfortable discussing your private areas, let’s talk about how long genital warts could stay if treated properly.

Factors affecting the period of recovery

The time required for complete removal of genital warts is influenced by various factors; every individual has different healing mechanisms depending on their genetics and health condition. Therefore, treatments can take from days to weeks following these factors:

The method of treatment

Several methods included burning off the affected tissue using electric currents (yikes!), application of creams such as imiquimod cream (also sounds painful) , liquid nitrogen freezing or cryotherapy(freezes them until numbness sets in)  and surgery.


If you’ve got jumbo-sized genital warts (no one wants those, right?), know that they will likely take longer to treat than smaller ones. The likelihood is also high that you may need more than one appointment in severe cases.


Where are we talking here? If they’re located within moist areas like mouth, anus and genitals which have plenty folds making topical applications harder then treatment becomes tricky too(not much fun down there).

From our research (which involved going through many awkward moments) some reported cases show it taking months while others took years for their genital wart(s) to completely vanish after commencing treatment.

Over-the-counter remedies

There are curative measures available over-the counter which could help heal small-to-medium size growths. It usually contains salicylic acid – a popular remedy for quitting smoking – found in podophyllin gel/ liquid or Condylox . Podophyllin is a substance that comes from the roots of the podophyllum plant (‘podowhatahim’ ), and it works by peeling off dead skin. However, self-prescribed treatments are not encouraged, as they need correct diagnosis and treatment plan under trained medical personnel.

Therefore, we encourage you to see your doctor if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms suggestive of genital wart(s).

Prescription medications

You’ll usually be prescribed antiviral medication such as Foscavir (Foscarnet) , Trifluridine, Cidofovir or Intravenous injections for serious cases where warts have spread farther into your body. The dosage is based on frequency – daily which can last 7-10 days; several applications could be done in therapy courses between 1-3 weeks at most.

Other possible prescription treatment options include Podofilox (Condylox), Imiquimod cream effective boost immune system against HPV infections etc., While these products can help hasten recovery time, remember that consistency with full course medication is key!

Surgical removal

If after consultation with your doctor decides they would try “Let’s operate,” then here’s what to expect. Depending on how severe the problem outweighs other solutions mentioned above surgical methods may be required to remove growth manually i.e., cryotherapy(Liquid nitrogen freeze/burn off sections where wart falls during repeat visits), laser therapy/ electro-surgery(removing tissue using electricity). It poses some risk factors such as blisters/scarring/pitting(faint dark spots)/bleeding while making a long course of healing(Think twice before considering this method!).

Time Duration following Surgery

Recovery period could take weeks depending on size and number of warts removed. Even once external swelling has disappeared expert recommends avoiding sexual activity till internal wounds heal enough since sexually transmitted infections could operate through the tiniest holes that exist.

In general, surgical excision of genital warts has about a 75 to 85% success rate. This means there is a chance that your genital warts may reappear after surgery(Oh no!).

Best practices for Self-care

To help speed up healing and avoid recurrence you’ll be placed on certain guidelines during medication course such as;

  • Avoiding scratching or picking at wart(s) which can lead to self-infection
  • Limiting sexual activities till recovery period ends
  • Not sharing towels, clothes or personal effects with someone who has/had an STI.
  • Boost immune system by adapting healthy lifestyles( including exercise & proper diets)

A Note About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Although it’s a topic we do not like talking about, prevention is best defense; avoiding unprotected intercourse/ multiple partners certainly limits transmission opportunities whether one male/female/alien(Kidding), especially when unsure of their partners’ history (STDs sometimes present asymptomatically). The constant mutual check-ups should continue even after discharging from medical care.


We hope this discussion sheds some light on the duration required for dealing with Genital Warts. It’s essential (we need to keep telling ourselves) that complete adherence to prescribed regimens & seeking professional guidance offers more potent therapeutic benefits than going ahead with unilateral decisions toward self-treatment options.

Remember always consult your doctor before trusted online forums/blogs, but also know they shouldn’t be treated lightly if caught early! With patience and correct treatment plan recovery time varies from weeks-months up until couple years in severe cases but dodging its diagnosis only worsens things so don’t hesitate visiting your local healthcare provider without further ado.