Can genital warts come back after you have them burnt off?

by Rachel on August 1, 2011

I was diagnosed with genital warts and had 13 of them removed, via burning off in surgery. This was very painful and tramatic for me. Now i think i feel 2 more that have grown back. Is this possible? omg how do i get them off, i dont want to have to go through that again, and how can it come back? Im so confused here…please help.

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Light of the moon August 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

Genital warts can always come back.
That’s what makes them so bad.

artistagent116 August 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

Yes. The warts can be removed, but the viral infection itself can’t be cured. The virus goes on living inside your skin. This is why the warts often return after they have been removed. You may need to have them removed more than once.
Genital warts are caused by a virus which live inside your body. They can remain dormant for years and resurface at any time. Here is some good info:

kay_flood August 1, 2011 at 2:26 am

genital warts, like any other warts on the body, are caused by a virus, and there is no cure. Of course they can come back, and usually do. I am sorry that you contracted them, but now you are pretty much stuck with them.

Connor ANTEATERS ARE SEXY August 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

Just because they were burned off doesn’t mean that you still don’t have the virus. You still have HPV so you have to be seriously concerned about cevical cancer. That would be my main fear. And you have to remember warts are HPV and you WILL spread it to anyone you have sex with. Condoms do NOT stop the spread of HPV in any way. So even if you use a condom your partner will still get it. I would be worried abou that. The warts will go away on their own. The HPV will not.


poke August 1, 2011 at 3:31 am

You sound like your doctor didnt really explain to your what genital warts are and how they surface. Once you have contracted this virus, you are stuck with it….There is not cure for it at this time and you can always have them removed, but this is only a temporary fix, as they can always return at any time. You may go years without any, but if the virus is in your body, that means the warts can still surface.

smexy lexy August 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

yes. they will and can grow back, you have herpes, and it never goes away. know anyone with cold sores? that is also a string of herpes, and you get outbreaks for the rest of your life. ( :( i do)
you just gotta take meds to control and minimize the outbreaks.
kinda the same for cold sores, but for them, its just maybe vitamins, i dont take anything, i get them less frequently. and also stress brings out outbreaks (for cold sores that is)

you have to take some kind of med to stop outbreaks, cause your stuck with it forever. :( sorry girl :(

CLC10 August 1, 2011 at 4:03 am

yes 50/100 times they do

CalM August 1, 2011 at 4:12 am

they can always come back. they are caused by the HPV virus and that is impossible to get rid of once you have it. They are just like regular warts or coldsores… you can treat them.. they can go away for years and reappear.. unfortunately its something you have to come to terms with. I know its absolutely horrible!

Snookie August 1, 2011 at 4:26 am

What everyone before me has said is true. (Besides the dummy that said you have herpes. HPV and herpes are not the same.) They can absolutely come back. It’s very strange to me that your doctor did not tell you that. Mine made that absolutely clear.

Perhaps you should ask your doctor about Fluorouracil or some other topical cream for genital warts? They MAY assist in preventing them from coming back. I am scheduled to have laser surgery in early December, and I am praying that they do not come back afterward!

Joanne J August 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

I was raped at age 12 by motorcycle gang and got warts. They had to burn them off. Then I was raped again at 16 and ended up with PID.

My sympathy to you. I still have problems and they return occasionally.

When you have warts, the virus is still there.
When warts are gone, the virus is latent (sleeping) in the skin cells – you may or may not be able to pass it on.

Some people are never bothered by genital warts and are never treated for them. Sometimes the immune system will control the HPV and the genital warts may go away by themselves.

They can come back at any time for the rest of your life. It would be rare. After the initial outbreak, it is odd for them to come back. But the chance is there. It normally happens during times of stress. There is nothing you can do to prevent a flare-up, only treat them quickly if they appear.

If you ever need someone to talk to let me know,
I will help all I can.

mmzren August 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

Genital Warts, Also Known as Venereal Warts or Condylomata Acuminata, are caused by the Human Papilloma virus . Papilloma Viruses Cause Small Growths (Warts) on the Skin and Mucous Membranes. Infection of the Genital and Anal Regions with HPV can Cause Warts on the Penis, Vulva, Urethra, Vagina, Cervix, and around the Anus (perianal).Don’t Even Think About Trying To Remove Your Genital Warts With Unproven, Unnatural, or Potentially Dangerous Approaches
Some Tips and Precautions You Can Use Rigt Away :

* Take care not to damage, scratch or pick at these warts.
* Inform your partner, use a condom, and practice safe sex.
* Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap.
* Avoid touching them. Because they are so contagious, you could spread them with your hands.
Learn the Easy Step Home treatment that Remove Genital Warts Quickly and Easily :

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