Hey Dr. Cranquis, I have a quick question/concern.
A year ago I was diagnosed with genital warts. My GP prescribed Podofilox and it works great, but after the warts fall off it leaves me with such sore lesions. When I need treatment, after about two days it's painful for me to walk or even wear underwear. I am a 24 year old female.
Is there anything that is homeopathic out there that is not quite as caustic? Or another prescribed treatment? I’ve tried red wine vinegar, and it worked, but it took about a week and a half and it stung just as bad as the Podofilox. Also, I’m a poor college grad and I don’t have boats of money to spend on some fancy dancy prescription.
Also, if there is no homeopathic remedy that can work to rid me of the warts, is there one to help with the soreness and the pain? The pain can be a little much for me because I’m kind of a wussy, especially in my vulvular region. When the doc biopsied me to diagnose me I about went through the roof.
So if there is an advice you can give me, that’d be super!
Thanks in advance!
Hello there, Calaveras Croaker —
Well, as I usually do when confronted with a Tumblr question about a condition I don’t normally treat, let me start with my disclaimer: I’m “just” an urgent care doctor, and your condition is not something I deal with on a regular basis (or at all, actually). So, I’ll give you my best advice, but please take it with a grain of
salt common sense and discuss your options with your GP!
By definition, if there are any homeopathic treatments for your condition (or for any condition), they will be less caustic than a prescription medication. :) (In fact, they will be less caustic than water — the basic “dilution” tenets of homeopathy are scientifically ludicrous.) I don’t know of any homeopathic treatments for genital warts.
I am not familiar with the medical/prescription treatments for genital warts. *does a quick Google search, reviews the Emedicine article on genital warts, returns to Tumblr* I am somewhat familiar with the treatments for genital warts.
Apparently, 75% of genital wart cases can resolve on their own within 2 years if untreated. So, one option could be to just leave them alone! Other options to look into would include:
- Ablation therapy — freezing (cryotherapy), burning (electrodesiccation), surgical excision, laser therapy
- Immune-based therapy — includes the podofilox you’ve tried, plus also imiquimod, interferon injections, 5-fluorouracil.
Regardless of the method you choose, I would recommend having your doctor prescribe EMLA cream (a topical anesthetic) for you to apply to the sore areas as needed before and after any painful treatments!
And please don’t ever think of yourself as “kind of wussy” for feeling pain when burning chemicals and biopsy tools are applied to your womanly bits!!