Genital Warts Treatment Tips

By: Juliet Cohen

Genital warts, sometimes called venereal warts, are growths or bumps contracted through contact. It is a highly contagious transmitted infection caused by some sub-types of HPV. Genital warts are flesh-colored or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region in both men and women. Genital warts may be as small as 1 millimeter in diameter smaller than the width of a ballpoint pen refill or may multiply into large clusters. In women, genital warts can grow on the vulva, the area between the external genitals and the anus, and the cervix. In men, they may occur on the tip and the scrotum or the anus. Genital warts can also develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral contact with an infected person.



Most patients with genital warts are seen between the ages of 17-33 years. Genital warts are highly contagious. Genital warts do not usually hurt, but they can be itchy. The warts have varied appearances - from completely flat warts to rough cauliflower-like warts. They can appear on their own or in groups. In males, genital warts often appear on the underneath the foreskin. The warts can also be situated in the urethra, in most cases at the very end of it, and the area around the rectum. In females, genital warts appear on the lips of the vulva. Genital warts can also appear in and around the rectum. Having unprotected with multiple partners increases your risk of becoming infected with HPV. Genital warts must be treated by cryotherapy.

The warts can also be taken off with a laser. Surgery is occasionally used to remove large warts that have not responded to other treatment. Special chemicals can be used to remove the warts. These chemicals dissolve warts in the genital area. Imiquimod (Aldara) cream appears to boost your immune system's ability to fight genital warts. Avoid contact while the cream is on your skin. It may weaken condoms and diaphragms and may irritate your partner's skin. Electrocautery procedure uses an electrical current to burn off warts. Genital warts can be treated by swabbing with the cell poison, podophyllotoxin (Condyline). Use a condom - it will partially protect you against genital warts.

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