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Genital Warts

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Genital warts are sexually transmitted infections and one of the most common ones! These warts are easily transmittable and immensely contagious. It is easier to catch genital warts than to get rid of them. 

Genital warts appear like small, flesh-colored bumps on the genital areas. The regions surrounding genital warts tend to be red and painful.

Genital Wart Causes

There is only one leading cause of Genital Warts, which is HPV. This is a specific type of infection that is only sexually transmitted. Currently, from what we know, there are over 40 different strains of Genital Warts, and they all look slightly different. The primary way to transmit this condition is through sexual contact with someone who already has this condition.

Risks

There are significant risk groups. Individuals who practice unprotected sex are more likely to get Genital Warts than those who use protection. Although the protection can lower the chances, if there is any skin exposed, you can still develop Genital Warts.

Another risk is if you have multiple partners. Once you have multiple partners, it only takes one individual to have the sexually transmitted disease. It will spread fast and quickly. The same risk applies to those who don’t have their partner’s sexual history. While partners do not need to know all the details, they should know about infections or conditions related to sexual contact.

Complications

Did you know that complications can arise because of Genital Warts? Although the bumps are small, the effects can be fatal. Genital Warts are treatable, but your condition can worsen if you have immune system problems, leading to organ failure.

When someone does not have a strong immune system, they cannot fight common diseases. This also includes sexually transmitted diseases. Instead of fighting off the disease, a person’s body will attack their healthy blood cells. This can continue the cycle of damage, harming the person’s body.

Genital Wart Symptoms

The symptoms vary from person to person. However, all people with Genital Warts have bumps and warts throughout their bodies. The main symptoms and signs of Genital Warts are:

  • Pain during sexual activities
  • Bumps on warts
  • Red and swollen
  • Vulva, mouth, lips, etc.

Call your doctor is you have 1 or more of these symptoms! But, of course, you should refrain from having sex or sexual contact before getting tested and checked out.

How to Diagnose Genital Warts?

Although the symptoms are physical and unique to Genital Warts, it is essential always to contact a doctor. Since genital warts can develop infections, a skin biopsy may be necessary. In addition, doctors will recommend skin biopsies if your skin is red, bleeding, or elevated with pus.

Some doctors also perform extensive HPV tests on women during a pap smear test. This test is to look for physical signs that you have Genital Warts. If your doctor sees the visible bumps, they can diagnose you with the condition.

Doctors cannot provide their patients with treatment until the diagnosis is complete. Once it is, the doctor and patient can work together to create a treatment and management plan.

Treatment Plans

As scary as it may be to look down and see Genital Warts, you may be happy to know that the bumps go away without medication. It is rarely ever a problem unless the skin or warts are irritated with painful symptoms. 

If the bumps and warts are taking too long, your doctor can also recommend creams like resin that the doctor applies directly to warts, dissolving them.

Cryotherapy is not as common but just as interesting! The doctor freezes around the genital wart during this treatment and waits for the skin to grow back. 

Preventing Genital Warts

Even the safest people can develop genital warts. Although it is a sexually transmitted disease, it can still spread through contact. For instance, if you kiss someone’s cheek or they kiss you, but they have warts on their lips. This direct touch can result in a spread of Genital Warts.

Another way to prevent Genital Warts from coming back on the skin is to ask questions. While it is not anyone’s favorite thing to do, when you get a new sexual partner, you need to ask questions about your cleanliness. This is important so you don’t accidentally spread the condition or get it from someone else. If the person does have Genital Warts, refrain from having sex with them until the condition clears. If there are still bumps and warts on their skin, they are still contagious.

While you can use protection like a male condom, Genital Warts can develop around the surrounding area and infect you with a simple touch. It does not take much for someone to develop Genital Warts, so it is essential to stay sexually from individuals with the signs/symptoms.

What Should I Do?

A large cactus stands against the background of a doctor wearing a glove | Healthier Me TodayNow that you know what to do to prevent this condition, what happens if you develop it? First, you should go to a doctor for treatment. Next, let your partners know about the new find. Don’t be afraid to let them know. This way, your partners can check themselves out.

Afterward, check your symptoms and bumps daily and stay away from others sexually. Don’t share personal items like towels, coats, blankets, or swimming suits during this time. Also, take a breath! The condition does not last long and will be gone in a few weeks.

How to Live With Genital Warts?

Genital Warts are not an enjoyable condition to develop. It is a sexually transmitted disease that occurs in men and women because of sexual contact. However, some people develop this condition because they use a personal item from another person.

Usually, these warts do not need treatment. as they do go away with time! However, if you do not want to wait, you should wear a male condom to protect yourself and your partners. Safety is critical!


FAQ

  1. Will my genital warts go away on their own? In some cases, genital warts can go away on their own. However more likely they will spread or increase in size.
  2. Can I pass on genital warts to my partner? Yes. Genital warts are considered an STD and will be contacted by your partner through intercourse of simple touch.

Healthier Me Today is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment, always consult with your healthcare professional. Stay healthy!

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