Genital Warts - Symptoms & Treatment
Genital warts may be small, flat, flesh-colored bumps or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps. The virus responsible for genital warts is called human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus can cause warts on the penis , vulva , urethra, vagina , cervix , and around the anus. Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV and herpes virus together puts you at particular risk for cervical cancer. There are more than 70 different types of HPV. Other types are associated with common or flat warts elsewhere on the skin. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV infection around the genitals is common. Genital warts also can develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person. Genital warts may grow in woman on the vulva and perineal area, in the vagina and on the cervix. HPV can lead to cancerous and precancerous changes in the cervix , it is important that this condition be diagnosed and treated. Regular pap smears are necessary to detect HPV or other abnormal changes related to this virus.
Causes of Genital Warts
Common causes of Genital Warts
- Abnormal Pap.
- Human papillomavirus.
Symptoms of Genital Warts
Common Symptoms of Genital Warts
- Dampness or moisture in the area of the growths
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Treatment of Genital Warts
Common Treatment of Genital Warts
- Surgical treatments include cryosurgery , electrocauterization , laser therapy.
- Imiquimod(Aldara) a topical immune response cream which can be applied to the affected area.
- Avoid STDs by having a monogamous sexual relationship with a partner known to be disease-free.
- Special chemicals can be used to remove the warts.