Diagnosis and Treatment of Genital Warts

Definition of Genital Warts

If you notice a soft growth on your genitals, then they are most likely genital warts which is medical condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is transmitted through the skin to skin contact that takes place during sexual intercourse. Although there are more than forty different types of the HPV, almost all conditions of genital warts are caused by HPV6 or HPV11.

Symptoms of Genital Warts

Genital Warts, which are not always visible because they may be very small and flesh-colored, can cause great pain and discomfort as well as a lot of itching, burning, bleeding and discharges. These warts may appear in many different areas of the body including the mouth, lips, tongue and throat if you have had oral sex with an infected person. In addition to these areas, below are some of the other areas on which genital warts may appear:

Complications of Genital Warts

When it comes to genital warts, women face more complication than men. The two main complications women who have genital warts face are cervical cancer and cancer of the vulva. This is why it is very important that women obtain as much HPV Information as possible so that they can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

Diagnosis of Genital Warts

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of genital warts and notice a soft growth on any of the areas listed above, it is advisable that you contact your physician immediately who will then perform a physical examination of the areas where you suspect that the warts may be growing. Sometimes, a pelvic examination would also be needed as genital warts do not only grow on the outside but on the inside as well. As mentioned earlier, genital warts are not easily visible so your physical may also need to apply a mild acidic solution on the infected areas which will make the warts more visible. HPV can also be diagnosed from testing cells obtain from the cervix through a procedure known as the Pap smear procedure and in the event that you might have contracted on of the forms of HPV that causes cervical cancer, your physician can perform a DNS test to determine the strain of HPV that is in your system and whether or not it will lead to cervical cancer.

Treatment for Genital Warts

Once the HPV virus is in your bloodstream it cannot be easily cured which means that you might have several outburst of genital warts throughout your life; however, the treatments for getting rid of the genital warts are often quite successful. You can have the warts frozen off, burnt offer, cut off or removed with a laser. These treatments are only needed if your condition cannot be treated with topical wart treatments. The two most common topical wart treatments are: Warticon and Aldara.

 

Aldara

Aldara which is also known as imiquimod is an immune response modifier that is used to treat several skin conditions such as actinic keratosis, minor forms of skin cancer and genital warts that appear on the outside of the body.

Warticon

Warticon is a medicine specifically designed to cure genital warts. It is normally prescribed to be used twice a day for three days in a row. It should not be used for the following four days. This process is normally repeated for four weeks and based on the results, your physician will decide if further treatments are needed.

Both treatments can be easily purchased online from Private Doctor Direct.

Prevention of Genital Warts

As mentioned earlier, once the virus is in the blood, even though the visible symptoms might leave it is possible that you might have outbursts more than one time. In some cases, the symptoms and the warts might not be visible but the mere fact that the virus is still in your blood, you can transmit the infection to another. So, make sure that you tell your partner of your infection as he or she can get the Gardasil vaccine which will protect him or her from the strains that cause genital warts and cervical cancer or the cervarix vaccine which protects against cervical cancer but not against genital warts. If you are a woman and have had the infection, it is advisable to get a Pap smear every three to six weeks to make sure that the virus is not developing into cervical cancer. In addition to this make sure that you obtain more information on this infection as knowledge is one of the best ways of preventing the infection. 

 

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