PeekSeleb – Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). These warts usually appear on or around the genital area, and can cause significant discomfort and concern.
It is important to understand the symptoms of genital warts and find the right treatment. Let’s take a peek at what the symptoms are and how to treat them.
Symptoms of Genital Warts
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Genital warts are usually flesh-colored or pink, small or large, and have a rough or flat surface. They can appear singly or in clusters that resemble cauliflower. These warts can itch or feel like an uncomfortable bump.
Genital warts are generally found around the genital area, anus, or mouth. In men, these warts can appear on the penis, scrotum, or around the anus.
In women, genital warts can appear on the vulva, vagina, cervix or around the anus. Genital warts may also appear inside the vagina or anus, which can be difficult to observe visually.
Some people with genital warts may also experience other symptoms such as bleeding after sexual intercourse, discomfort when urinating, or a discharge from the infected area.
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For those of you who experience genital warts, here are some ways to treat them that have proven effective:
- Consultation with Doctor: If you suspect you have genital warts, it is important to immediately consult a doctor or healthcare professional who has experience in sexually transmitted diseases. They can diagnose genital warts and provide appropriate advice and treatment.
- Topical Medication: Doctors may prescribe topical medications such as creams or solutions containing salicylic acid, podophylline, or imiquimod. This medication is used directly on the wart to help remove the growth.
- Removal Procedure: In some cases, your doctor may recommend wart removal procedures, such as cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), electrocauterization (using electricity to destroy warts), or laser surgery. This procedure is usually performed in a clinic or hospital under local anesthesia.
- HPV Vaccination: The HPV vaccine can help prevent infection by the types of HPV that have the potential to cause genital warts. This vaccine is recommended for both adolescent boys and girls before becoming sexually active.
- Avoidance of Contagion: It is important to avoid sexual intercourse during genital wart treatment and during the recovery period. Condom use can also help reduce the risk of transmitting HPV.
- Self care: Apart from medical treatment, maintaining personal hygiene and fitness is very important. Maintaining a healthy immune system through a balanced diet, exercise, adequate sleep and reducing stress can help the body fight infection and speed recovery. (bbi)