Genital warts are one of the most common forms of STDs. This is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV and can develop into cancerous cells. Some patients ask “Can you scrape genital warts?” and could they do it on their own at home. The answer would really depend on the type of genital wart they are talking about.
Genital warts that develop on the genital and anal areas may be caused by an STD and then there are some forms which can be precursors to malignancies. There are now ways to prevent getting infected with genital HPV like vaccines; however, the vaccines do not prevent all types of genital HPV.
Can you scrape genital warts after using over-the-counter medicines?
The physician’s advice would be a definitive NO! The OTC medicines and the eventual self-scraping should never be done for this could cause not only a lot of pain and irritation, there could be serious injuries which could cause bleeding, infections and further spread of the virus which causes warts.
It is very important to consult with the doctor first especially if a woman were pregnant. Usually, the physicians would advise against the scraping if warts respond to the prescribed medications but they would advise for the scraping if the warts are large and stubborn and the baby can get exposed to the virus during the delivery.
Usually, the physician would advise on the following choices: cryotherapy, electrocautery, and surgical excision and laser treatments. All of these methods should effectively remove the stubborn growths without causing much pain, bleeding and further spread of the virus. However, once the procedure is performed, it is very important to make the area clean and free from bacteria to prevent complications due to infections. Sometimes the doctor may even prescribe antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections on the scraped, burned or excised area.