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wart is soft and white using tea tree oil, it's healing?

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Good day doctor!

I was diagnosed of having HPV. i was wart free ever since my electrocautery two months ago. but now it come back again!.

So i tried a cheaper way of treating my wart using Tea Tree oil three times a day. i've been doing this about a week now. i notice that it became soft and it's colored white, while before my warts are rough and it's flesh-colored.

So does it means my genital warts is healing?
Did i have the right decision on using tea tree oil in treating my genital warts?

thank you doctor.

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replied March 18th, 2012
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A32936
Welcome to e health forum.

90% of genital warts caused by Human papilloma viruses (subtypes 6 or 11). Currently available therapies for genital warts likely reduce, but probably do not eradicate, HPV infectivity.

Though tea tree oil, recommended as a Over the counter treatment, by many alternative medical practitioners, it has not been confirmed as a effective treatment for Genital warts.

The change of color of the warts, in your case is due to effect of the acidic properties of tea tree oil. But the color change does not mean that the warts are healing.

You should consult your doctor, who can prescribe you topical creams containing - podofilox (0.5%) or Imiquimod (5%) which will be much helpful than tea tree oil.

Podofilox solution should be applied with a cotton swab, or podofilox gel with a finger, to visible genital warts twice a day for 3 days, followed by 4 days of no therapy. This cycle can be repeated, as necessary, for up to four cycles.

Imiquimod cream should be applied once daily at bedtime, three times a week for up to 16 weeks.

I hope this helps.

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