Symptoms of genital warts can develop in both men and women and at any age. For men these warts can appear in the rectal, urethra and penile areas; while for women, warts may develop at the vaginal lips, around the anus, and inside the vagina, uterus and the cervix. These symptoms of genital warts may last for weeks or even several years if not thoroughly treated.
Genital warts are usually flesh colored growths found in the anus and the genital area. They may also vary in size and shape. These warts can easily be transmitted through sexual contact or through manual contact. They are commonly caused by viruses such as HPV-6 (human papillomavirus) and HPV-11. Higher viruses from -16 and up are considered high risk viruses as these can cause cervical cancer.
Common Symptoms of Genital Warts
• Cauliflower shapes lesions that have red, brown, pink or gray color depending on the infected person’s skin complexion
• Huge masses of lumps that grow and expand very rapidly
• Average sized lumps, or less than a millimeter, that may join together creating clusters.
• An increase in moistness and dampness at the infected area
• An increased vaginal discharge (for women)
• Both men and women may experience discomfort and itching but are usually painless. Pain may only occur for severe cases of genital warts.
• Pain and bleeding may transpire in women especially when warts have appeared at the insides of the vagina and cervix.
• Tiny papules may occur at the shaft of the penis (for men)
• Burning sensation felt at the infected area
Treatment for Genital Warts
As of now, no single direct treatment is available for genital warts. However, treatments are only given as relief for the symptoms present and to prevent the warts from coming back. A few of these warts may go away on their own while most of them warts will still persist. Take note that genital warts are caused by viruses and not bacteria so mere antibiotics cannot help you get rid of these warts. You will need a series of treatments, from laser treatments to removing the wart via surgery. Other alternative drugs include cream based medications that can be applied directly to the infected area.
Prevention of Genital Warts
As said earlier, treatments are more focused on managing the various symptoms of genital warts and are usually not 100% effective and a possibility of re-occurring may happen. To avoid these, keep in mind that even a single wart is highly contagious so avoid touching them as much as possible. And steer clear of self treating them at home by yourself. There is a right and proper way of applying these medications and most of them contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body and specifically to the infected area. When symptoms are present, avoid sexual contact as much as possible to avoid spreading the disease. Or you may opt to use a condom instead, but still not spreading the infection is not guaranteed. Most importantly, practice proper personal hygiene. Keep the infected region always clean and dry and avoid using scented soaps or oils that can irritate the warts.
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