Genital warts, also known as condylomas, are flesh-colored and can be small bumps. Some are so small that they are almost invisible. Others cluster together.
What are genital warts and how do they spread?
Genital warts are a symptom of the sexually transmitted disease known as HPV. They affect the moist areas of the genital regions.
In women, they appear around or inside the vagina, in the anus, or on the cervix. Meanwhile, men can have them on the tip of the penis, around the anus, on the scrotum, in the groin, and also on the thighs.
They can be contracted during sexual intercourse with a person who has the virus, be it vaginal, oral, or anal. They can appear after days, months, and even years.
At the same time, it can happen that they never appear. In this case, it turns out that the person is asymptomatic. However, this person can still spread HPV to their sexual partners.
There are different types of warts
Warts caused by the human papillomavirus can be of different types:
- Common. Common warts have a rough surface. They can be isolated and unique or grouped together like a cauliflower. They appear on the back of the hands and on the fingers.
- Plantar. Plantar warts can cause pain. They appear on the soles of the feet and are similar to calluses. They are sensitive to both horizontal and vertical pressure.
- Flat. Flat warts are slightly raised and are soft and pliable to the touch. They also appear on the hands.
- Genital warts, which we have already explained above.
Treatment for genital warts
To eliminate genital warts, it is important not to use over-the-counter medications used to treat other types of warts.
There are chemicals suitable for treating genital warts, topical treatments with creams or ointments, and also surgical procedures implemented by doctors.
These surgical procedures can be:
- Burning them with electric current using an electrocautery.
- Using a laser to eliminate them.
- Removal by freezing with a process called cryotherapy.
- Or surgery with a scalpel.
Some people choose not to treat them and wait for them to disappear on their own. But in some cases, this does not happen, and they even enlarge.
It’s worth mentioning that even if you remove them, you are still infected with the virus and can infect your sexual partners. For the same reason, those warts can reappear. That’s the reason why I always recommend optimizing your immune system if you want to cure HPV for good.
You can prevent getting infected
By considering some prevention measures, you can avoid infection. Having a strong immune system will help you. For this, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. To this, you should add a good, complete, and varied diet.
The prevention measures are as follows:
- Don’t have many sexual partners.
- Use a male or female latex condom. This doesn’t guarantee 100% protection, since the virus comes into contact with the skin. Keep in mind that the condom does not fully cover the vagina and scrotum.
- Thoroughly wash your genitals after having sexual intercourse.
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. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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