Human Papillomavirus Home Care
Home care for HPV infection includes:
- Avoid sexual intercourse until therapy is completed.
- Topical corticosteroids for itching:
- Do not have sex with multiple sexual partners.
- Do not have with anyone who has oral or genital sores.
- Do not have sex with anyone who has a penile discharge or vaginal discharge.
- Do not use petroleum jelly in the vagina.
- Do not have sex with a partner who has intercourse with others.
- Practice safe sex:
- Use condoms.
- Women should not douche after intercourse.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
- Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
- Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
- Learn everything you can about HPV infection:
- The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
- Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Human Papillomavirus Warning Signs
Males should notify the doctor for HPV infection and any of the following:
- Genital sores or anal sores:
- Discharge from the penis:
- Mucus draining from the penis
- Swollen glands in the groin
- Pain during urination
Females should notify the doctor for HPV infection and any of the following:
Continue to Human Papillomavirus Prevention
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