Genital Wart Signs
Knowing the genital wart signs is helpful in preventing transmission of the condition, and in avoiding the complications that are possible with genital warts.
What are some common signs of genital warts?
Genital wart signs include:
- Itching or discomfort in the genital area.
- Bleeding during intercourse.
- Small swollen bumps, either gray or flesh-colored, in the genital area.
- Many tiny warts clustered together, sometimes with a cauliflower-like appearance.
Sometimes there are no signs of genital warts, but when signs are present, they usually affect these areas:
- Men: penis, scrotum, anus.
- Women: vulva, perineum, anus, vagina, cervix.
- In some cases, genital wart signs have even been reported on the thigh or groin area.
Genital warts are one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and are caused by HPV (Human Papillomavirus). Though there are 100 different strains of HPV, most signs of genital warts are due to strains 6 and 11.
One thing to keep in mind about genital warts is that the absence of genital warts or the signs of genital warts is not a guarantee against infection. The HPV virus may incubate for several months (or even years!): the person is infected, but warts just have not appeared yet.
If you would like to avoid suffering any genital wart signs, you must take the proper precautions against HPV infection. The best prevention tactic is to abstain from any sexual activity. However, if you are sexually active, you can lower your risk substantially by engaging in a monogamous relationship with a partner who is free of the signs of genital warts.
If you have any genital wart signs, there are several different treatment options available to you. It is believed that successful treatment of the signs of genital warts will drastically reduce the risk of transmission to other partners.
Some treatments are available only by prescription from your doctor. Some of these must be applied only by the doctor, while others may be applied by yourself at home. Although there are many types of medications used to successfully treat genital warts, many of them also carry the risk of undesirable side effects. Here is a list of some prescriptions used to treat genital wart signs:
- Podophyllin solution applied only by a doctor.
- Podofilox solution applied at home.
- 5-fluorouracil cream (5-FU) .
- Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) used to burn off warts.
- Imiquimod (Aldara) topical cream that boosts the immune system.
- Interferon injections.
Other treatment strategies include:
- Freezing with liquid nitrogen.
- Burning with cauterization.
- Laser treatment.
- Surgical removal with local anesthesia.
Although there are several prescription medications for treating genital warts, there are also several drawbacks to these: they may be expensive, they are available only through a doctor, and many cause side effects. A safe alternative to prescription medications lies in homeopathic medicine, which utilizes natural ingredients to bring about successful treatment with low risk.
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Be sure to see your doctor if you have any of the following signs of genital warts:
- Itching or burning when you urinate.
- Sores, bumps, rashes, or warts on your genitals or anus.
- You suspect you have been exposed to an STD.
- For women, if you have an abnormal, foul-smelling discharge from your vagina.
- For men, if you have a discharge from your penis.
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