Condyline (Genital Warts)

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Condyline (Genital Warts)

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When it comes to genital warts, the tried and tested treatment for this is Condyline. Its active ingredient is podophyllotoxin which is a compound derived from the roots of the podophyllum plant. It is the ideal mode of treatment for genitals warts although it has other medical uses such as antiviral agents, purgative and even as an antihelmintic.

What is genital warts?

Genital warts are the appearance of fleshy bumps around the sexual organs and/or anus. It is transferred from one person to another through sexual contact and is mostly caused by some strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Fortunately, these warts are caused by a different strain of virus and aren’t the ones responsible for cervical cancer.

These warts may vary in colour ranging from pink to brown. Appearance wise, they range from being flat to having cauliflower-like protrusions. They don’t usually cause pain but may cause a bit of discomfort and itchiness. In extreme cases, they may occasionally bleed. For men, warts often appear on the penis and underneath the foreskin. For women, on the other hand, they may appear around the lips of the vulva or in the area around the vagina. For both sexes, they may also appear around the anal region especially for those who engage in rectal intercourse.

How does condyline work?

Condyline works by getting inside the structures of the wart and prevents the cells from multiplying by directly damaging and destabilising the wart cell’s DNA. Through this, the wart tissue slowly dies off and can be replaced by healthy cells and tissue. This means that through use, the wart will slowly become smaller over time and will eventually disappear and will be replaced by normal body cells and tissue.

Indications and contraindications

Condyline is a topical solution and needs to be applied directly to the wart for it to work. This means that even if you are currently infected with the HPV if there are no visible warts on your skin, usage of Condyline is discouraged. Just like other medications, use is contraindicated for those who are already found to be allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug especially the primary active ingredient. If already taking medication that contains the active ingredient podophyllum, then using this medication is contraindicated as well as it might cause overdose symptoms. For those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid using the drug as well as it might cross the placental barrier or seep into the breast milk.

Another type of sexual health medicine is Metronidazole. People buy Metronidazole as a treatment for infections such as bacterial vaginosis. If you are suffering from this ailment, discuss with your doctor about the possibility that Metronidazole medicine of treating your condition.

Side effects and precautions

Possible side effects include:

  • A slight burning or tingling sensation when applied to the area. This will disappear after a while but if it doesn’t seek medical advice immediately.
  • Slight pain, redness, and even some ulceration in the area where the medicine is administered primarily in the area around warts. This is a sign that the drug is doing its job as it is slowly killing the wart tissue. However, if these side effects don’t disappear after a couple of days, stop using the drug and go to your doctor at once.
  • Watch out for any signs of allergic reactions. Rashes, itchiness, difficulty in breathing, or inflammation may be signs that your body is allergic to an ingredient in the medicine. Stop taking immediately and seek medical advice.