GENITAL WARTS: OVERVIEW
Also called condylomata acuminata
There can be a cluster of warts. People today can get these warts by picking the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) from somebody who’s infected with this virus.
It is possible to disperse or get these warts even when you cannot see them.
Of the 100 or so kinds of HPV, some can lead to genital warts. Some HPV types can lead to cervical cancer. Other forms can cause anal cancer, cancer of the penis, or throat and mouth cancer. You may get more than 1 type of HPV.
There are many ways to treat genital warts. Since warts tend to be uncooperative, you might need more than one trip to the Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Cosmetic Surgery.
Genital Warts: The warts appear in numerous sizes and shapes.
Genital warts appear in a variety of sizes and shapes. Other folks get many warts. The most frequent signals (what you see) of these warts are:
- Small, scattered bumps that are skin-colored or somewhat darker.
- A bunch of lumps that look like cauliflower.
Genital warts often have no symptoms (what someone feels). Sometimes the warts itch, burn, hurt, or bleed.
Genital warts can appear on the Following areas of the body
Females and males
- In the throat or mouth after having oral sex with an infected individual.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus which causes genital warts. At least half of people who have sex have experienced an HPV infection. It is common before age 30. Not everyone who receives an HPV Infection gets genital warts. Some people get rid of the virus in a couple of years and then are no longer contagious. Individuals who have a weakened immune system might not be able to resist the virus. After the body cannot fight HPV, genital warts may grow. A individual’s immune system may get weak in the disease such as cancer or AIDS. Research has found that smokers have a greater risk for getting genital warts compared to people who do not smoke. It isn’t clear why. Occasionally a child gets genital warts. It is uncommon, but an infected mother can pass the virus to her infant during childbirth. The warts may not show up immediately. Genital warts on a child can also be a sign of sexual abuse. Genital warts can spread from a person who transfers HPV to some other person through sex (vaginal, anal, or oral). This can occur months after intercourse with an infected person.
GENITAL WARTS: DIAGNOSIS
How does Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD diagnose genital warts?
People often feel ashamed by growths in their genital area and don’t see a physician. However, visiting the Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Cosmetic Surgery can offer peace of mind because you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Warts by analyzing the warts during an office visit. On occasion Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD will remove a wart or a part of it and send it to a laboratory.
How can Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD treat genital warts?
Some genital warts clear without treatment. But removing warts has advantages because remedy:
- Lowers the risk of spreading the virus.
- Can relieve any itching and pain.
- Lets a person know the growths are genital warts, cancer.
- Removes warts which could be hard to keep clean.
If you want to cure your genital warts, it’s ideal to visit the Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Cosmetic Surgery. You should not use a prescription medication which you could buy without a prescription. These medicines treat other types of warts. Genital warts need different treatments.
There are a number of treatments for genital warts. Prior to choosing your treatment, Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD considers several things, for example, amount of warts, where the warts are, and your general health.
GENITAL WARTS Treatments
Treatment may involve a procedure in office or a medicine that you put on the warts. The following describes the different remedies for genital warts:
Medicine: Often Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD prescribes medicines. These prescription medications include:
- Podofilox for outside warts (to halt the rash cells from growing).
- An ointment made from green tea infusion (sinecatechins) for outside warts and warts around the anus.
Procedures: Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD can perform these procedures during an office visit:
- Cryosurgery (freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen).
- Excision (cut the warts).
- Electrocautery (destroy the warts with an electrical current).
- Laser treatment (ruin the warts using laser light).
Occasionally treatment requires more than 1 office trip.
Other remedies : Sometimes medication is injected into the warts. Interferon, an antiviral medicine, might be injected to genital warts. This therapy is usually utilized if other treatment fails.
Consult Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD about potential side effects (health problems that can result from the treatment).
Treatment can remove the warts you see, but it might not eliminate the virus. If the virus remains, the warts can return. In case you still have the virus, then you can spread it via sex. Wearing a condom during sex can reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
GENITAL WARTS Prevention and management
You can reduce your risk of getting HPV and genital warts by performing the following:
- Get an HPV vaccine. If you’re between the ages of 9 and 26, you may qualify for an HPV vaccine. There are just two HPV vaccines.
One of them is “quadrivalent,” Significance it can shield against 4 kinds of HPV. This vaccine is for males and females ages 9 to 26. It can stop the kinds of HPV that cause most genital warts. To be fully vaccinated, you get 3 shots. For the vaccine to be most effective, you should find all 3 shots prior to your first sexual encounter.
Both HPV vaccines can help protect Girls from most kinds of cervical cancer.
- A latex condom may help reduce the risk of getting genital warts. Condoms do not cover all the skin from the genital area. Therefore, they do not always stop an infected individual from spreading HPV.
- Limit your number of sex partners. Possessing many sex partners increases your risk of getting HPV. Being in a faithful relationship with a single individual reduces this danger. The only sure way to prevent HPV is to stay celibate (never have sex — oral, anal, or vaginal).
- Quit smoking. Research has found that smokers have a higher risk for getting genital warts compared to non-smokers. Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD recommends the following:
- Do not use medication meant for treating different types of warts. Other medicines are great for curing common warts and foot warts, but not genital warts. Visit the Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Cosmetic Surgery for treatment of genital warts.
- Tell your sexual partners you’ve got genital warts. They ought to see Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD.
- Use a condom during sex. A latex condom can lower the chance of spreading genital warts. Condoms do not cover all the skin from the genital area. This usually means that condoms don’t always stop an infected person from spreading HPV.
- Women who have obtained treatment for genital warts should get Pap tests (smears) as advocated by Dr. Harold F. Farber, MD. Pap tests are the best way to locate early abnormal changes in the cervix. If you have an abnormal Pap test, you need to follow up with your health care provider.
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