The best and easiest way to treat genital warts in Nigeria

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Genital warts are caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV). There are different kinds of HPV and not all of them cause warts.

Genital warts look ugly and can be uncomfortable but the good news is that they are caused by the low-risk HPV strains. There are HPV strains that cause more serious conditions like cancer, but genital warts rarely develop into cancer.

What do genital warts look like?

Genital warts look like small bumps on the skin. They may take the appearance of cauliflower and can appear either on the penis in men, vagina in women, and anal area in both genders. Warts are usually painless but can be unsightly and cause discomfort.

How are genital warts transmitted?

HPV is one of the most easily spread sexually transmitted infections. You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. Not everybody infected with HPV can develop warts. You can have HPV and show no symptoms.

This is what the HPV virus looks like

Condoms will offer some protection against an HPV infection but not this is not 100% guaranteed as the infection can be spread through skin-to-skin contact as well.

Some people will develop just one or two bumps of warts or a small cluster, while others can have a more serious case of the condition and develop a cluster of warts up to the size of a tennis ball.

How are genital warts treated?

There is currently no cure for HPV infection, but the symptoms it causes can be treated. The HPV strain that causes warts does not cause other serious diseases like cancer. If you have developed genital warts, you should simply get them treated and you will be fine.

How are genital warts treated in Nigeria?

Nigeria, like most parts of Africa, still operates a traditional society and people presenting symptoms of an STI are sneered at. This situation has led to a lot of infected people shying away from seeking treatment on time.

A warts infection may get worse if left untreated over a long period or if the person has other infections like HIV. It is also common for genital warts to disappear on their own without treatment.

The kind of treatment you need for your genital warts will depend on the seriousness of your condition, the kind of treatment available in your locality and what you can afford.

In Nigeria, warts are easily treated with three common ointments and drugs – imiquimod, podophyllin cream and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

a. Imiquimod

Imiquimod comes in the form of a cream, mostly marketed under the trade name Aldara™. Imiquimod works by instructing your immune system to get rid of warts. Each time you apply the cream, it stimulates the immune system to release a number of cytokines, which focuses on eliminating warts and other weird growths on the skin.

Imiquimod is very limited in supply in Nigeria and getting the cream can be harder.

2. Podophyllin cream

Use of podophyllin resin or podophyllotoxin cream is the commonest way to treat genital warts in Nigeria. The resin is very effective in treating warts, especially anal warts.

Podophyllin is easily available in most pharmacies and drug stores across Nigeria. You can buy this drug over the counter, but you may need the help of a doctor to apply it. Podophyllin resin is a cytotoxic agent that works by killing wart cells so they eventually die and drop off.

Podophyllin resin can hurt when applied. You should cover the exposed skin around warts with petroleum jelly (Vaseline®) before applying the resin and be careful to apply only on the warts tissue and not spill over other areas of skin.

Apply podophyllin twice daily for 3 days and then pause for four days. If all warts have not fallen off, you can repeat treatment.

If you are finding it hard getting podophyllin resin in Nigeria, send a Whatsapp message HERE.

c. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

A solution of 60 – 90% of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) has been found to be effective in treating small lesions of genital warts. TCA is not used to treat large and serious cases of genital warts. It can be used for both warts that appear inside the vagina and anal area.

Apply a small amount of TCA on the wart tissue and leave until a white frosting occurs. Repeat application every week for up to 6 weeks, until warts are gone.

You can easily buy 85% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in pharmacy or skincare shops around Lagos, Nigeria. Asides genital warts, TCA can also be used to treat skin tags and moles and remove tattoos.

Cryotherapy for genital warts in Nigeria

For serious cases of genital warts, I would advise you to go for cryotherapy. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the warts and they fall off.

There are many clinics in Lagos that offer cryotherapy services and other treatment for genital warts.

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24 thoughts on “The best and easiest way to treat genital warts in Nigeria

  1. Hello, Please where can I find cryotherapy services and other treatment for genital warts In Lagos, can you give examples?

    1. Nice one. I find this article very insightful and wish I found this article before using the podophyllin paint I got

      However, my experience is a mixed one with pain and happiness. I’m happy to know that the GW are gradually going off but the painful part is that my scrotal skin is peeling as well. I’m in pains and I’m thinking of going to the hospital.

      Anyone with same experience please and how was it handled?

      1. You probably misapplied or over-applied the resin. Stop further application immediately and allow your skin to heal. It will probably take some days. Dress the wound with pure petroleum jelly to promote healing and prevent scarring.

        Podophyllin only need to be applied three or four times and then you allow the warts to die and clear off. Applying Podophyllin to parts like the scrotal sac can be tricky due to the skin folds. To prevent the resin from getting on normal skin, coat all surrounding skin with petroleum jelly and apply Podophyllin only on the warts, preferably using the tip of a cotton bud.

  2. You can have it done at most private hospitals in Lagos though it can be more expensive. You should check LUTH if you are on a budget because it is certainly going to be cheaper there.
    My kid brother did his cryotherapy at Reddignton clinic I think. You can also check Havana clinic in Surulere.

      1. Shouldn’t be more than 10K but the problem with private hospitals is their high first time consultation fee, sometimes up to 30K.

        Will be better if you have HMO. If you are warts are small, you can also just buy podophyllum cream and treat it with it. You can follow the instructions and apply it yourself. Your warts will die and fall off and after a few days you would have healed completely.

        You may only need to apply the podophyllum cream thrice or four times and then wait for the warts to die and fall off.

        Be aware that the cream can burn your skin so you should be careful to apply it only on the warts and not normal skin. For extra care, use vaseline to cover the skin around the warts before applying podophyllum cream.

        1. This is the second week running now, the podo cream hasn’t burnt off the warts. This makes 6days of application. 3days of fist week and then 3days of second week. All I feel is a burning sensation and still nothing.

      2. Podophyllin cream for warts costs between N2500 and N3000 in Nigeria. Not all drug stores will have it so you should try a few, especially those ones old in business.

      1. Just came across this post. No…the pain with Podophyilin is not like a headache that you take paracetamol for.

        The resin literally burn the warts and kills them off. Just make sure the cream touch only the warts and not other skin area. You can use Vaseline to cover other areas around the warts before applying Podophyilin.
        The pain is biting at first but goes away soon enough. Within 3 days, your warts should have died and within 5 to 7 days you should be fully healed like nothing happened.

        You may only need to apply the podophyilin cream twice and then just allow the warts to die and heal up.

        1. I have been using podophyllin for some time now. Recently I noticed around growths around my clitoris n inside my vagina, labia minora. Please what do i do?

  3. Please where can I get imiquimod aldara in Port Harcourt and can you refer me to any good hospital in hospital that treats wart

  4. Do not use Podophyilin to treat internal warts that are inside the rectum or vagina. If you must do that, let a professional do the application for you. The tip of a cotton bud can be used to apply the Podophyllin ONLY on the warts. The best treatment to use for warts that are inside is cryotherapy (freezing) or TCA (Trichloroacetic acid).

    Also, be sure that what you have is genital warts and not another type of growth. Warts usually have a cauliflower look (refer to the front image of this post). If you cannot identify genital warts yourself, you can seek the help of a professional.

  5. Please I got podophyllin paint. I’ve been using it once a day for 2 days now and some of the warts are now whitish while others are still dark. Can I use it twice daily especially on the dark warts and is it normal to feel pain from the warts after using the drug? Hope to hear from you

    1. Do one more application and stop. The warts whether white or dark will clear in the coming days. They are already dead.

      1. The wart on my scrotum rubbing my thigh is open with a sore and a foul smell. It really hurts badly… I can’t stand or walk properly. Is this normal please?

        1. Yes, it is normal. Give it a few days, it will heal and you will be alright. Do NOT apply the podophyllin again. Let your sore heal and you will feel okay. You can coat the wound with petroleum jelly to facilitate healing.

  6. IS PODOWART GOOD FOR THE WART TREATMENT? CAN SOMEONE BE TAKING ALCOHOL WHILE USING THE PODOWART RESIN?

    PLEASE, HOW MUCH IS THE IMIQUIMOD CREAM.

    THANKS

    1. Hey guys somebody help me….I went to buy podophyllin off counter at d pharmacy in Kano but they refused to sell it for me….where can I get it easily in Kano or Jos? Thank you

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