How To Prepare For HPV Treatment For Men
If you have been diagnosed with HPV, you may be wondering how to prepare for HPV treatment for men. HPV treatment for men can come in a number of different forms. If you do not have any warts, you will most likely be give no treatment at all, as HPV cannot be cured, although your body can often fight off the virus on its own. If you do have warts from HPV that your doctor advises you to have removed, treatment may come in the form of a cream applied at home, cryotherapy, or surgical procedures. Preparing for HPV treatment for men will, of course, vary with the treatment prescribed. Here are a few things you can do at home to prepare:
- Keep an eye on your skin and watch for any changes. Many cases of HPV clear up on their own, so, your doctor may just want to wait and see what will happen. Another reason that doctors take a wait and see approach is that warts may still be emerging, which means that, if you treat too soon, you will have to go back later for another treatment. Make a list of any other symptoms that you are experiencing to take to your doctor.
- Make a list of any medicines you are currently taking. Your doctor will need to know about these to make sure that none of your current medications are ones that can conflict with any that he or she will prescribe. Make sure to include both over the counter and prescription medications in your list.
- Call your doctor to ask if there are any activities you should avoid while waiting for treatment. Your doctor, for instance, may want you to avoid certain foods or medications when you are seeking treatment. Make sure that you have clear instructions. If you are not sure whether you should abstain from a particular activity, make sure you call your doctor to make sure.
Clean the area where you will be having your HPV treatment. This applies both to cryogenic or surgical removal in a doctor's office and to topical creams applied at home. The area needs to be clean and dry before treatment in order to ensure that the treatment is effective. A simple shower before your doctor visit will suffice.