When warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) appear, they may not present any symptoms, and some people may not even realize they have a problem.
In other cases, they may cause itching, burning, or generalized discomfort. Also, they are almost never painful.
Why do genital warts appear?
Genital warts appear as a result of being infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV. After having sexual intercourse with a person infected with the virus, warts may take weeks, months, or even years to appear.
It is also possible that they may never appear. In this case, even though you do not have any symptoms, you can still transmit the virus to your intimate partner. Moreover, it is worth noting that the people you infect may develop warts.
Treatment for warts
If you think you have genital warts, consulting a doctor is the best option. The professional will determine what type of warts they are. Based on this information, they will indicate the best treatment to be performed. Although, in many cases, genital warts disappear on their own.
It is not advisable to treat genital warts with the same medications used for common warts. Over-the-counter wart removers are not suitable for application to the genital area.
There are special products for treating genital warts, used by doctors:
- Creams that, in addition to removing the wart, strengthen your immune system to help prevent possible infections. The only precaution is not to have sexual intercourse while the cream is applied. It could irritate your partner’s genital skin and also weaken condoms and diaphragms. As a result, it may irritate your skin, cause blisters or rashes. Additionally, it can cause generalized discomfort, including coughing, pain, and discomfort.
- Vegetable resin that destroys warts. It cannot be used for internal warts. It may cause pain, irritation, or sores. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
- Trichloroacetic acid is a chemical treatment that burns the warts. It can be used to remove internal and external genital warts. Like the previous product, it can cause irritation, sores, and pain.
Surgery as an option to remove genital warts
In some cases, genital warts do not respond positively to topical treatments, i.e., using creams, resins, or acids. As a solution for these cases or to remove larger genital warts, surgery is applied.
Within surgery, there are several treatment options:
- Use of liquid nitrogen to freeze genital warts (cryotherapy). This method causes a blister to form around the wart. Over time, your skin will heal, and the warts will fall off. New skin will then grow in the area. It may cause swelling and pain in the area. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, the treatment may need to be repeated.
- Use of laser or intense light beam. Generally, it is applied to large warts or those that are difficult to treat.
- Electrocauterization. The warts are burned using an electric current. It may cause pain and swelling in the area.
- Surgical excision. Using special tools such as a scalpel, the professional proceeds to cut off the warts. Local or general anesthesia is applied, depending on the area to be treated. Afterwards, there may be pain.
Lastly… what should you do?
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.