Genital warts are transmitted infections that affect nearly 50% of married Americans. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) called Condylomata acuminata causes it. There are over 100 strains of this virus. Some of the strains are low risk and thus capable of causing warts while others are high risk, capable of causing more serious conditions like cervical, anal and other genital cancers. This is why you need to figure out how to treat genital warts as soon are you realize that you are infected.
Genital warts are transmitted through the skin or fluid contact when you engage in a carnal activity with an infected person. Its latency stage takes months or even years from the time of infection when you can barely spot any signs of the disease.
So how do genital warts look like?
Like most transmitted diseases, signs of genital warts vary from person to person. The warts appear around the genital area and can take various shapes and sizes. They can also appear like grayish growths that are raised on a flat on, like flesh-toned in the genitals. Warts can sometimes grow in clusters. If you are a man, genital warts can appear on your scrotum, penis, testicles, groin and around the thighs. If you are a woman, these warts may appear in the pubic area and around the anal area. Sometimes, genital warts can be so tiny that they can only be spotted using a microscope.
Six common signs of genital warts
Since it can take several weeks before you can spot the signs of genital warts, you should never wait for the condition to take a serious toll on you before seeking medical attention. It is advisable that you undergo regular check ups to ensure that this condition does not afflict you.
Treating genital warts
It is advisable that you figure out how to treat genital warts as soon as you are diagnosed with them. Some of the prescription medications that you can consider include Podophyllin, Imiquimod and 5-fluorouracil. You can also remove warts with Wartrol spray.
Here are some of the most common signs of genital warts that should draw your attention to this condition.
- The appearance of red, pink or grayish cauliflower like ulcers around your genital area. These spots may increase to form a colony that can spread through out your pubic area.
- The appearance of wet sticky substance around the genital area that can cause a lot of discomfort while giving out unpleasant odor.
- Increased secretion and excretion of fluids
- A lot of bleeding, pain and burning sensations during and after an intercourse. Women experience more problems since these feelings are magnified by the appearance of warts around the cervix.
- Presence of several tiny, boil-like spots which can spread along the penis shaft.
- A lot of discomfort from itching and the need to scratch the genital area for relief.