Genital warts are just like normal wart, but they are mainly found on the genitals. Genital warts are caused by a certain human papillomavirus and you can get them through sexual interaction as it is sexually transmitted.
These warts can cause you a lot of discomfort, itchiness, and pain. Genital warts can be found by men and woman. Yet, woman is more vulnerable to genital warts as they develop from HPV and that can cause cancer in the vulva and cervix.
If men and woman are very sexually active they are very vulnerable to complication and HPV such as genital warts. There are about 360,000 people each year that develop genital warts. It is very important to make sure that you have treatment if infected and protection to help prevent this type of infection.
Symptoms of Genital Warts
If you have been infected, you may not even know about it because warts will only start to form after a few weeks. We are not always able to see warts with the naked eye. Sometimes the warts are very small and may be the color of your skin or even a bit darker.
The top side of the wart will have the same look as a cauliflower and will feel bumpy if touched. If you are infected, you may have only one wart or you may develop a whole cluster.
Here are the areas that genital warts can be found on a man:
• Inside the anus
• Around the anus
And here is the list of where genital warts can be found on a woman:
• Inside the Vagina/Anus
• Around or on the outside of the Vagina/Anus.
Genital wart can also be found on the tongue, throat, lips or the mouth. I know this sound weird because how do you get genital wart on those parts. Well, it is actually logical sense, if you have been partaking in oral sex with an infected person, you are exposed to the infection.
You might not always see genital warts but the symptom will still appear.
The symptoms are:
• Vaginal Discharge
Sometimes the warts spread quickly. They will get larger causing a lot of discomfort and be very painful.
Risks of Genital Warts
Studies have shown that about half of all people that have sex, has some sort of HPV infection. Sexual activities give you a high risk of HPV infections.
Genital wart is sometimes common in these types of people:
• Weak Immune Systems
• 30 or Younger
• Having a history of child abuse.
• If the mother had a virus during child birth.
Complications of HPV
HPV is one of the most common causes of cervix cancer in woman. HPV can also cause the cells to change in the cervix or the dysplasia. This infection can cause cancer in the vulva, the external genital organs of the body of a woman. HPV infection can also cause cancer in the anus and penile cancer in men.
Treating Genital Warts
Sometimes the visible warts will go away on their own and other times not. If your genitals warts are caused by an HPV infection, you will not be able to get rid of them easily or without treatment as the infection will be in your bloodstream. Your doctor will be able to remove them but they will return several time throughout your life.
If you get the symptoms quickly, there might be a chance of preventing this infection. Sometimes someone might not have the wart but might have an HPV infection that may cause you to get genital warts. You will not be able to treat genital wart with medication over the counter.
Here are a few things your doctor may prescribe for genital warts:
• Podofilox (Condylox)
• TCA – Trichloroacetic
• Aldara (Imiquimod)
If your visible warts do not go away with time, you may need to get a surgery to remove them.
Your doctor will be about to remove your warts through:
• Laser Treatment
• Interferon Injections
• Electrocautery/Burning warts with electric current
• Freezing warts/Cryosurgery
• Excision/Cutting the wart off
If a woman has been diagnosed with genital warts, she may need to get a pap smear every three to six months. This is to make sure that there is no change in the cervix and if there is to make sure it can be treated as soon as possible.
If you are very sexually active, then make an appointment with a doctor to get yourself checked out. Genital warts can cause a lot of problems. See a doctor for your own health.