Genital warts are painful, itchy growths on the genitals, they are Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) caused by low risk strains of Human papillomavirus (HPV). They are also high risk strains that can lead to cancer and dysplasia. It is most dangerous to women as some types of HPV can cause cancer of the cervix and vulva. However, this infection can be managed with treatment.
Warts may not appear for weeks or months after infection however, it can be contracted through sexual activities like oral, anal, and vaginal sex. These warts are not so visible, may look like cauliflower, feel smooth or bumpy. It may be a single wart or a cluster of warts. Can appear on the penis, scrotum, thighs, groin, inside or around the anus, inside the vagina, on the cervix, and outside the vagina. On the lip, mouth, or throat in case of oral sex. The symptoms they cause include, bleeding, burning, itching, vaginal discharge. Warts may enlarge or spread, causing pain and discomfort.
The HPV can stay in the skin cells even after warts go away. It is ideal to take treatment to avoid passing it to another person, this is because the HPV can be passed to your partner even when warts and symptoms are gone. You may get several outbreaks during the course of his life. Please get proper medical care, do not use untrusted home remedies, if you must, check with your doctor first. The doctors may administer TCA, Condylox, and Aldara. Minor surgeries can be employed if warts do not go away or laser treatment among others. There is also hand warts, do not use treatment for hand wart for the genitals, it is most likely to cause more damage.
Gardasil and Gardasil 9 vaccines can be used to prevent the most common HPV strains. Cervarix, a vaccine protects against cervical cancer although, not against genital warts. Thank you for reading.
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