How are medicines administered in the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV) disease?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Both provider-applied treatments and patient-applied treatments are available. All medicines used to treat HPV disease are applied topically on cutaneous surfaces. Local skin reactions and pain are common adverse effects. Do not apply any of these medications to mucosal surfaces, and do not use them to treat dysplastic lesions, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), verrucous carcinoma, or Bowenoid papulosis.


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