Fast Genital Warts Removal

Almost all sexually active people will at some point in their lives become infected with at least one strain of genital human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the virus that causes genital warts – one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. Women are thought to be more susceptible to contracting genital warts than men. 

The infection develops and affects the moist tissues of the human genital area – the anal canal, the vulva, the cervix, the vagina and the walls between the external genitals and the anus for women, or the scrotum, the anus or the tip of the shaft of the penis for men. Genital warts may also develop in the throat or mouth after oral sex with an infected person.

Genital warts may have a cauliflower-looking appearance or small, flesh-colored bumps. In many cases, the warts will be very small and may not be visible. Some strains of genital HPV may cause cancer, while others cause genital warts.

Symptoms of Genital Warts

  • Discomfort or itching in the genital area.
  • Small, gray or flesh-colored lesions in the genital area.
  • Warts could be close together in the same area and take a cauliflower-looking shape.
  • Bleeding during sexual intercourse.

Living with Genital warts

Genital warts aren’t dangerous but since they are caused by HPV, they should be handled carefully and properly diagnosed by a licensed medical professional. Transmission of warts from one person to another may be prevented by removing the warts. However, the virus may remain even if the visible warts disappear after treatment.

Causes of genital warts

There are over 100 different types of HPV that infect the topmost layer of the skin, but only a few of these strains can cause genital warts. These strains are quite contagious and are often passed through sexual contact with an infected person.

Prevention of genital warts

The risk of contracting genital warts can be significantly reduced – though not completely eliminated – by always using a condom during sex. 

Vaccines can also be used to prevent genital warts. They are said to be most effective when used by children who have not become sexually active.

Diagnosis of genital warts

Genital warts are not always easy to diagnose so your doctor may need to apply a relatively mild acetic acid solution on your genital area in order to whiten the warts that may be present. They may then be viewed through a special magnifying instrument known as a colposcope.

  • Regular PAP tests and pelvic exams can help detect cervical and vaginal changes that may be caused by genital warts or very early signs of cervical cancer (a very possible complication associated with certain strains of genital HPV).
  • An HPV test examines the samples of cervical cells taken during a pap test. The test is done to check for cancer-causing HPV strains and it is generally done for women above the age of 30. It is rarely useful for younger women as their immune systems can kill the HPV, including the cancer-causing strains.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How can I be sure I have genital warts?
  • What tests do I need to take?
  • What are the most likely causes of genital warts? Do I need to be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases?
  • What are my treatment options and which ones do you recommend?
  • How long do I need the treatment for?
  • What do I need to do to avoid passing it on if I am contagious?
  • Will my genital warts recur post treatment?

Risk by Age Group

0-2
3-5
6-13
14-18
19-40
41-60
61+

Low Risk

High Risk

 

How Common are genital warts?

Genital Warts are very common with more than 3 million cases per year in the United States.

  • Treatment can help but the virus that causes warts can’t be cured
  • Usually self-diagnosable
  • Lab tests or imaging rarely required
  • Spreads by sexual contact

genital wart Treatment

Some warts will go away without treatment; however, many will not. Even warts that do eventually go away on their own may take months or years to disappear. Most medical professionals say it is best to treat warts as soon as they appear.

  • Medications (including topical creams and ointments)
  • Surgery may be needed to completely remove larger warts, especially those that do not respond to other treatments or medications.

The available surgical procedures are:

  • Electepcautery
  • Cryotherapy (freezing with liquid Nitrogen)
  • Laser treatments
  • Surgical excision
The information provided is a general overview and should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.