What are genital warts?
Recognized as the most common sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus, warts can easily spread with skin contact. They are caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which has also been associated with normal warts and cancer. However genital warts do not cause or result to cancer.
The genital warts affect both men and women irrespective of their age. If you are sexually active, there is always a chance of getting infected.
What are the genital warts symptoms?
The symptoms of sexually transmitted warts are different from usual wart growth. These appear on and around the genitals in both men and women. The overgrowth is soft to touch, fleshy, pink or grey in colour and may grow into a cluster.
Genital warts symptoms in men: The growth is on the scrotum, penis, thighs, around or inside anus and on the groin area. Look for spots that are flat or raised with the symptoms described above.
Genital warts symptoms in women: Cervix inside the body, inside and outside the vagina along with inside and outside the anus are common and problematic areas in women. But in very rare occurrences, warts can also appear on the throat, tongue, mouth and lips.
Genital Warts Treatments
Experts believe that the human body has the ability to deal with a virus on its own but it can stay in your body for weeks and months staying dormant without showing any signs. Plus, there is always this risk of affecting your partner during sexual moments. That’s where treatment options become extremely important.
Visiting a doctor is the obvious choice and they may suggest prescription drugs to ward-off the virus. In extreme cases, genital warts in men and women can be dealt with physical ablation. Surgery and freezing (cryotherapy) are two common clinical practices against the problem.
While you are taking the treatment, make sure that the affected area is kept clean and dry at all times. At times, the spots become itchy but you should keep hands and nails away from them. If you accidentally or while applying the treatment happen to touch them, wash hands immediately. Sexual abstinence is also desirable and you can take an ibuprofen to stop pain and discomfort.
Genital Wart Risks
Though anyone can develop warts, some people are at higher risks due to weaker immune systems and other problems. Take a look at some of the factors that increase risks.
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Prolonged use of drugs
- Alcohol and tobacco abuse
- Risky sexual behaviour
- Earlier cases of STD’s
- Weak immune system
- Sexual abuse
The genital warts symptoms in women can be transmitted to a child too. If you’re pregnant and develop genital warts, talk to a doctor immediately.