When it comes to genital warts treatment, one simply has to mention Warticon, one of the leading medications developed for the treatment of human papillomavirus. Developed by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world, Warticon can be bought in the UK both as a cream and as a solution. This antiviral medication contains an antiviral active ingredient called podophyllotoxin which can be used very efficiently in light, non-invasive doses.
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But, before discussing the specifics of this HPV medicine, let’s first take a look at the genital warts as a sexually transmitted disease.
A short guide to genital warts (HPV)
Human papillomavirus, called HPV for short and better known as simply genital warts is a sexually transmitted viral infection (STI) that is marked by the presence of typical nodules and warts in the genital area. This STD can be transmitted from one person to another through different intimate contacts, including penetrative and non-penetrative sexual intercourse (skin-to-skin contact). While it is not as present in the media narratives and public attention, genital warts are relatively common in the UK with roughly 62.000 new cases being reported annually.
However, in a sizable majority of those affected, symptoms of HPV infection can be absent, or appear with a significant delay. As it can be passed just through skin-to-skin contact, using proper precautions and barrier contraceptive is absolutely vital for stopping the spread of genital warts.
Genital warts treatment
During the periods of activity – that is, when warts can be observed in the genital area – HPV can be treated with different antiviral medicine. Warticon definitely is one of the leading products in this area. Its active ingredient is exceptionally successful in limiting the spread of the infection throughout the body. More specifically, it penetrates the wart cells and interferes with their vital processes, thus preventing them for multiplying and spreading the infection in such manner. Without possibility to spread, infected cells will gradually die off, allowing healthy skin tissue to regrow on the affected area.
If this is your first time experiencing the symptoms of genital warts outbreak, then visiting a medical professional in person might be the best course of action. This is often preferable to other alternatives simply because genital warts can be quickly diagnosed by simple visual examination, without the need for STI testing, giving you the possibility to commence treatment immediately.
When it comes to actually obtaining the desired medicine, there are two options – you can visit either your doctor or a local GUM or STI clinic. If your diagnosis has been confirmed, you can obtain the prescribed treatment either the conventional way – by taking a prescription from a doctor and taking it to the pharmacy where you will use it to buy your HPV treatment or alternatively, you can buy Warticon through an online clinic.
If you choose to contact an online clinic, instead of the face-to-face consultations with a doctor, you will be presented with a customized medical questionnaire which the doctor will use to assess your condition and determine whether your preferred treatment is suitable for you.
If you get the go-ahead from the certified medical professional employed at the clinic, the prescription will be issued and used that very moment to order a medicine and send it to your address in a plain, discreet packaging.
Podophyllotoxin – the active ingredient of Warticon
Much of Warticon’s success is due to its active ingredient, podophyllotoxin, a substance that exhibits certain antiviral properties and which can be found naturally in the roots of the podophyllum. However, for industrial purposes, podophyllum plant is rarely used – instead, industrial synthesis using alcoholic chemicals is employed to allow for the mass production of the compound used in the antiviral medicines. It was first identified and described in the 1930s and has been present in medicine ever since.
When applied directly to the warts, podophyllotoxin will break through the membranes of the infected cells, interfering with their vital functions and preventing them from multiplying and spreading. Without the possibility of replication, the infected cells will die off, only to be replaced by healthy skin cells, thus curbing the symptoms of HPV.
How is Warticon used?
Warticon is very simple to use – by simply following the directions provided by your doctor and eventually consulting the patient information documentation you should be able to optimize the results of the treatments while at the same time minimizing the risk of side effects.
How to use Warticon solution?
- Use a fresh applicator for every dose
- Adiminister by dipping the looped part of the applicator into the solution and transferring it to the wart
- Use the spatula end of the applicator for applying solution to a large wart or a cluster of smaller warts
- One all warts in the tended area are covered by a solution, leave it to dry
How to use Warticon cream?
- Apply the cream to each wart using your fingertip
- Repeat the process two times per day for three consecutive days
- After three days of use, don’t use Warticon for four days
- Consult the doctor if there is the need to prolong the treatment
- Avoid contact of the medicine with healthy skin – if that happens, wash the area with soap and warm water
- If the cream or solution come into contact with eyes or mouth, rinse immediately and seek immediate medical advice
- If you swallow Warticon, immediately go to your nearest hospital
What are Warticon side effects?
Warticon is remarkably safe with very little potential for any adverse and unwanted side effects whatsoever. However, in a small fraction of those using the medicine, certain side effects have been documented. The most common, noticed in 1 in 10 users include skin irritation, burning, itching or redness, while other much less common include:
- Allergic reactions
- Scabs or blisters
Is it safe for me to use Warticon?
As mentioned, Warticon is very safe. It has not been known to interact with other medicines and it is also safe for people affected by different medical conditions. However, just to be on the safe side, it is important to disclose your medical history, including the medicines, remedies or treatments you might be using at the moment, to your doctor.
However, Warticon will not be recommended for women who are pregnant, are trying to conceive or are breastfeeding. If you are sexually active while using Warticon, be sure to use reliable contraception method. If you do get pregnant, consult the doctor as soon as possible.