Almost every day I have been asked the same question: “how to get rid of genital warts”. The number of cases of genital warts is increasing every year and it is not just because they are extremely contagious. The main reason is a lot of times there are no symptoms of the infection and people who has them might spread the virus without knowing they are.
Genital warts are one of the most common sexual transmitted disease (STD) and they are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are soft growths and form in clusters. When they grow the most common symptoms you may experience are pain, itch and discomfort. The area where they appear are:
- penis, scrotum, groin, thighs, anus (men)
- vagina, cervix, anus (women)
Genital warts can also grow on the mouth, lips or tongue if they are caused by oral sexual contact with an infected person. The HPV can in fact be spread trough any sexual activity especially the ones involving exchange of body fluids. This is why you should always be careful and and use protection when you have a new partner or if you are very promiscuous.
How to cure genital warts?
Warts can sometimes go away with time without any treatment. I strongly discourage you wait for them to disappear because during when they are present the risk of passing them to someone else or to infect other areas of your body is very high. To avoid this you should remove them as soon as you know you have been infected. The are two main ways you can choose from if you decide to use common medication: topical remedies or surgeries.
Topical remedies are used either to remove directly the warts killing the infected tissues or to stimulate your immune system to fight the virus from the inside. The medicine that doctors usually prescribes are:
- trichloroacetic acid
You should know that all of these medication are focused only on removing the warts and not on eliminating the HPV which has caused them. This means that even if you successfully remove your warts, it is going to be only matter of time until warts will form again. The only way to stop warts from growing on your body is to eliminate the virus as well.
Surgical removal of genital warts
Another possibility you have if you want to rely on common medicine is to remove your condyloma acuminatum (another name for genital warts) with surgical procedures. There are few options you can choose from:
- Excision: warts are cut off with a surgical knife (scalpel).
- Laser surgery: an intense beam of light burns and destroys the warts.
- Electrocautery: a medical probe heated with electric current eliminate the warts.
- Cryotherapy: warts are frozen with liquid nitrogen and then removed.
As you can guess, all of these surgical procedures are very dangerous because they have to be applied on a very sensitive area for several times. What you may not know is that they are also very expensive and they can leave visible scars. Like the topical treatments, the worst downside is that none of the procedures above is going to eradicate the HPV from your body.
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