New Drug May Finally Wipe Out Your Genital Warts
Have you been with someone that you think may have a little extra going on down there? No, we're not talking about eggplants, but instead another plant-like growth, cauliflower.
Genital warts come in various sizes and shapes. Common symptoms of genital warts include:
- Small bumps (up to 2-3cm for) that are skin-coloured and often grow in clusters forming a sort of cauliflower shape
- Some people only have one or two warts. When these growths are located directly in the genital area, they are usually soft-to-the-touch and can be either raised or flat.
- Most of the time, genital warts appear in moist areas (e.g. in or around the vagina, anus or groin) and do not cause discomfort or pain. In rare cases, they can be itchy, hurt a bit or bleed - especially if you scratch them.
For men, there is no reliable test that can detect the virus responsible for genital warts. If you spot a cauliflower-like growth on or near your genitals or in your groin, you need to ask a doctor to examine it.(Dred.com)
If you have some extra unwanted vegetables in your drawers, there may be some hope. Genital warts may have a very successful treatment.
ORLANDO -- An investigational nitric oxide-releasing topical gel appeared to be safe and effective for the treatment of genital or perianal warts, researchers said here.
Complete clearance of baseline warts in the intention-to-treat analysis was achieved in 33.3% of 30 patients treated with topical application of the high dose of the agent (12% SB206) compared with 4.3% of 27 patients who used a vehicle gel (P=0.0099), according to Stephen Tyring, MD, PhD, MBA, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and colleagues.
Complete clearance of baseline warts in the per protocol analysis was achieved in 42.1% of patients treated with the high dose of 12% SB206 compared with 6.7% of patients who used a vehicle gel (P=0.02), he reported in a presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting.
Tyring said 14.3% of the 14 patients who received the 8% gel dose of SB206 were free of warts by week 12 of the trial, but that difference also was not significant when compared with the vehicle gel.
AAD session moderator Andrew Blauvelt, MD, of Oregon Medical Research Center in Portland, called the results "compelling. This is a novel mechanism of action. I think that nitric oxide has promise for a number of dermatologic conditions."
About 70% of the 108 study participants were men, and were in their 30s. Eligible patients had two to 20 external genital/perianal warts at baseline.
Of the 12 patients given the twice daily formula, 35% quit the study due to adverse events.
The researchers also analyzed treatment by sex. Tyring said that among the patients treated with once daily doses of SB206, 25% of males and 23% of females achieved complete clearance of baseline warts. About 6% of men, but no women achieved complete clearance of warts when they were treated with vehicle gel.
Overall, in the per protocol population of patients who received once daily SB206, there was a 60% reduction in baseline wart counts compared with about a 32% decline for patients who were given the vehicle gel at week 12. - medpagetoday.com
Do you have genital warts? Has it hindered your sexual experiences?
How have you treated them in the past?
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