One of the most common forms of sexually transmitted infection is genital warts. At some point during their lives, almost all sexually active individuals will become infected with at least one form of human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts. Genital warts impact the genital area's moist tissues. They may look like tiny, flesh-colored bumps or have an appearance like a cauliflower. The warts are too tiny to be visible in many situations. Genital warts can be caused by certain strains of genital HPV, while others can cause cancer. Vaccines may help to protect against some genital HPV strains.
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In women, the vulva, the walls of the vagina, the region between the external genitals and the anus, the anal canal, and the cervix can cause genital warts to develop. They can happen on the tip or shaft of the penis, the scrotum, or the anus in men. In the mouth or throat of an individual who has had oral sexual contact with an infected individual, genital warts can also develop.
The symptoms and signs of genital warts include:
It is possible for genital warts to be so tiny and smooth as to be invisible. In rare cases, however, in someone with a suppressed immune system, genital warts may multiply into large clusters.
If you or your partner develop bumps or warts in the genital region, see a doctor.
Moreover, it is important to see a doctor in the following scenarios:
Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 40 HPV strains affecting the genital region. Via sexual touch, genital warts are almost always spread. For you to spread the infection to your sexual partner, your warts do not have to be noticeable.
Once you have contracted the virus which causes warts, it can lie dormant for a long time. Genital warts symptoms usually appear when your immune system is weakened, for example because you are stressed, ill or undergoing a medical treatment.
At some time, most people who are sexually involved get infected with genital HPV. Factors that can raise the likelihood that you will become infected include:
Complications from HPV infection may include:
Preventing genital warts can be done by taking the right steps and proper care.
Genital warts can be treated, but it cannot be cured. You're removing the warts, but you'll still have the virus that causes them. The virus may go away at some point on its own, but there's no way to know for sure.
As HPV itself can linger in your skin cells, you may have several outbreaks of the health problem over time. Hence, managing symptoms is important to avoid transmitting the virus to others. Having said that, genital warts can be passed on to others without the presence of any visible warts or other symptoms.
When it comes to the treatment, your doctor may prescribe medications that might include:
Genetic warts are a normal and treatable complication of infection. Over time, they can vanish, but care is crucial to avoid their return and potential complications. Speak to your doctor if you think you've got genital warts. They will decide if you have warts and what are the best choices for treatment. Moreover, talking to your sexual partner is necessary. This may sound hard, but being honest about your condition will help protect your partner from infection with HPV and genital warts as well. Genital Warts are a part of preventive health benefits provided with various health insurance plans.