Males Get Genital Warts

When males get genital warts, the condition is not only physically irritating, it is embarrassing as well, and can lead to psychological distress. In order to successfully and safely prevent and treat male genital warts, the basics of the condition must first be understood.

What are the symptoms of male genital warts?
Though many cases of genital warts have no outward or visual symptoms, many cases do have certain characteristics, including:
  • Tiny, clustered bumps that look like cauliflower.
  • Small, swollen, flesh-colored bumps.
  • Itching or discomfort in the genital area or around the anus.

On which body parts do males get genital warts?
When males get genital warts, the visual symptoms may be less obvious or occur less frequently than in females. Warts can occur:
  • On the penis.
  • Near the anus.
  • Between the penis and scrotum.
How do males get genital warts?
Male genital warts are one of the most common types of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). They are caused by a virus known as HPV (human papillomavirus). This virus is very contagious, and it is estimated that over 65% of people who come into contact with HPV will contract it, usually within three months.

HPV often has an "incubation period" of several months (or even years) during which a person is infected with the virus, but shows no outward symptoms, including genital warts.

Can male genital warts be prevented? Even though HPV and genital warts are very contagious, they can be successfully prevented. Of course, the best prevention is to abstain from sex. However, for those males who are sexually active, the best prevention tactic is to have sex with only one partner who has sex only with them.

Condoms provide some degree of prevention against male genital warts, but they do not always cover all of the infected skin, and should not be relied upon for 100% prevention.

Can males get genital warts and treat them effectively? Warts may sometimes go away on their own; however, there is no way to predict if an untreated case of genital warts will grow or vanish, so treatment is always a good idea.

There are several different treatment strategies for male genital warts, including prescriptions and medical procedures. Remember that these treatments may successfully rid the body of the warts, but they do not cure the body of the HPV virus. Usually, the body's immune system clears the virus within 8-13 months of contraction, but lifetime cases have been observed.

Prescriptions such as Imiquimod, 5-fluorouracil cream, Podophyllin and Podofilox are usually successful in treating warts. However, many carry side effects, such as irritating your skin or that of your sexual partner, or weakening diaphragms and condoms.

If you are opposed to medications, you might consider one of the following medical procedures: laser therapy, cryotherapy, cauterization and surgery. To fully remove warts, these methods sometimes require several successive treatments, and often require a painful recovery process.

If males get genital warts, it is recommended to see a doctor to rule out any presence of abnormal cells that could lead to cancer. Additionally, if you experience any discharge from the penis, you should see your doctor. Be sure to ask about using homeopathic remedies for treating male genital warts.

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