Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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:

Females should notify the doctor for HPV infection and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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