Genital Warts and Genital wart removal
What are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are extremely common and highly contagious. Genital wart removal should be a priority if you believe you are infected to avoid the chances of passing on the disease to others.
Genital warts are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (or HPV as it is generally called). There are well over 100 strains of the HPV virus.
Genital warts are usually spread during sex (or close genital contact), including oral sex and anal sex, with a partner who has the infection. The infection can also be spread by sharing sex toys with someone who has the condition. Like many of the of the other forms of wart they tend to have a somewhat ‘cauliflower like’ appearance. Usually pink or white in colour. They can develop singly or, more commonly, in clusters. They can appear anywhere in the genital or anal regions. They are quite often visible on the external surfaces of the skin including penile shaft, head of the penis or scrotum (male) or around the vagina on a female. Genital warts will also form in the anal region of both male and female sufferers.
Genital warts can also form on internal surfaces of the cervix, vagina, anus and opening to the urethra. Genital Warts are not hereditary!
Are Genital Warts Serious?
Genital Warts are not considered to be a serious condition. They are certainly not life threatening. They are not usually painful but are extremely unsightly if they are left to develop. They may however itch occasionally and can bleed a little if they are scratched. Although they do not usually pose a serious threat to your general health they do however usually cause the sufferer a considerable amount of psychological distress and anxiety.
In some parts of the world (UK for example) genital warts are the second most common form of STD (sexually transmitted disease), the most common being chlamydia . If you do have sex with someone who is infected you are extremely likely to develop the condition yourself. It can take three months, or even longer, for the condition to become visible after infection. It is possible to pass on the infection to others even before you develop any visible signs of the disease yourself.
Prevent the Spread of Genital Warts
Genital warts are most prevalent in males aged 20-24 and females who are between 16 and 19 who are sexually active.
The use of a condom during sex may help to prevent the spread of the warts as the virus cannot pass through it. However you are still likely to have some ‘skin to skin contact’ with your partner during sex so transmission may still take place.
The best course of action is to simply abstain from any form of sexual activity until you have completed your genital wart removal treatment and all visible signs of the warts are gone.
This will help in preventing the spread of the disease and will also help to speed up your own recovery.
The warts may eventually disappear of their own accord but this can take several years and may in fact reappear again at a later stage. It is highly recommended that some form of genital wart removal treatment is sought as soon as the condition becomes apparent.
There are no specific tests to detect genital warts other than visual inspection. Internal warts are more difficult to detect as they are not visible. They may however cause itching, vaginal discharge or discomfort whilst passing urine. In some instances (fairly rare) bleeding may occur.
In some circumstances where there are no visible signs of warts but it is suspected that the individual has been infected a vaginal examination may be necessary.
Genital War Removal
Genital Wart removal is generally carried out by the application of a cream or gel (topical treatment). Genital wart removal creams are available from your GP or sexual health clinic. There are also a number of wart removal products on the market that can be purchased over the counter. If you do decide to treat the warts yourself it is essential that you use wart removal products specifically formulated for the treatment of genital warts. On no account are you to use general common wart removal preparations on genital warts.
The second method of genital wart removal is by what is referred to as ‘physical ablation’. There are four main types of physical ablation. They are electrosurgery, cryotherapy, laser surgery and cryotherapy. All of these treatments need to be carried out by a medical professional.
Learn more about Genital Wart Removal Treatments – Home Cure for Genital Warts
Causes of Genital Warts