Genital warts are spongy expansions that emerge on the genitals. These are transmitted through sexual contact. The skin growth in the genitals causes discomfort, pain, and itchiness. Worse, if not treated immediately or properly this may lead to cancer like in the vulva or cervix and that’s why protection and proper dealing with it is very important to prevent this infection.
In females, genital warts can appear in the cervix, in the inner or outer part of the anus or vagina. This can also emerge in the throat, mouth or lips of an individual who has oral sex with an infected individual. Genital warts can be visible or not. Cases when you do not see these warts are when they are very small and almost invisible to the naked eye. But these small warts still causes discomfort and if they spread and grow it will be uncomfortable and painful.
People who have weak immune system, a smoker and have experience of child abuse are more vulnerable to genital warts. That’s why it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid this health issue. Taking vitamins and minerals that will strengthen the immune system is very important as well as exercising regularly. If you are a smoker, quitting it might be the best decision if you want to get rid of genital warts. Surely, these steps are not that easy to follow. One may say that these are too difficult, but the more difficult things are the challenges you have to face once you have these genital warts.
Genital warts are treated through laser action or through conducting surgery. Pap smears are being conducted to some women to detect that there are no abnormalities in their cervix. Although there are suggested home remedies for genital warts, there are no scientific studies to defend it that’s why one should not instantly apply a home remedy to genital warts because the main cause of this is a virus that is different from warts that grow on hands or other parts of our body. Doing this may only cause more harm and problem. Also, you cannot just treat genital warts with medicines you can buy over the counter. Seeking the advice of health professionals should be the immediate priority when you feel the symptoms of genital warts.
Aside from the surgical treatments mentioned above, you will likely be prescribed by your doctor to use topical treatments, especially when the case is mild enough that topical creams can handle it.
Podophyllotoxin – this is recommended to treat clusters of smaller warts. This comes in liquid form and has a good effect on the wart’s cells. In other words, they are poisonous to warts. This is applied by using a special stick that will draw up a correct dosage of this liquid, which is then dripped on the wart.
Imiquimod – this is a cream type used in treating larger warts. It works by stimulating the immune system to attack warts itself. The cream is applied directly on warts and then left on for about 6 to 10 hours, then washed off after that. This is done three times per week. There are certain cases when people experience skin irritation after the cream is applied. This is usually mild, but don’t hesitate to contact the clinic or your doctor when it persists.
Trichloracetic acid – this is used in treating very hard small warts. This works by taking out the proteins within the wart’s cells. However, when this topical treatment is not applied the right way, it will damage the skin further.
Having a conversation with your partner about your health condition is very important. One should not feel shy about it. Deciding to keep it as a secret to your partner may only mean spreading the virus and infecting him too. Also, you should not keep this as a secret to your family because they can support and help you cope up. They will not judge but rather lend you a hand to carry through. There are also several vaccines nowadays that can help treat genital warts. An individual just needs to take the first step and help him/herself get healed. Accept that he/she has this health issue and believe that it will be treated.