There is a wide variety of sizes and shapes of genital warts. Symptoms can help you recognize them, but a doctor's diagnosis is best.
Since genital warts only cause growths on the skin, you don't know you're infected until you see one. It may be difficult to detect them when they appear inside your genitals. You should consult your doctor if you think you have been infected.
It's best to spot and treat them early to prevent them from spreading and growing. Women need to check their vulva and groin for warts. Men should examine their penis, scrotum, groin, and thighs to look for abnormalities. Genital warts can spread to the mouth (lips, tongue, palate), throat, and anus when you have oral and anal sex with an infected partner.
There are many types and sizes of genital warts. The following symptoms commonly characterize genital warts:
Warts can appear weeks to months after infection, so it's important to remember that the early signs can occur weeks to months after infection. Regularly checking yourself for early signs of genital warts is recommended for women who have recently engaged in unprotected sex. A genital bump is not always an indication of genital warts. There could be other diseases causing them, such as syphilis, haemorrhoids, or bumps (kind of like pimples). Whenever possible, consult your doctor or a GUM clinic.
If Genital warts should be treated as soon as you notice their first signs. You can eliminate warts with topical creams such as Warticon, Condyline, or Aldara. Surgical operations (laser, freezing, or cutting off warts) and chemical treatments are also available for warts. Warts are removed with these treatments, but the virus that causes them is not killed.
To prevent genital warts, you must look for early signs and treat them before they appear. It has been shown in studies that patients in their 20s and early 30s have a better chance of effectively killing the virus than those over 30. This is because the body is capable of fighting the virus.
If Boosting your immune system is essential if you know you carry the virus. The development of genital warts is directly related to your body's weakened state. Be extra careful when suffering from a disease (such as diabetes) or undergoing chemotherapy. When contracting the virus, you are more likely to develop genital warts if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Stress, binge drinking, and smoking should be avoided.
While they may not show symptoms as often as women, men are equally contagious. Using condoms and visiting your GUM clinic regularly are the best ways to prevent warts. If you do not use condoms and have several sexual partners per year, you are especially prone to developing warts.
Unlike warts on the genital area, warts on other body parts (such as your hands or feet) are similar but not the same. If you are infected with HPV (human papillomavirus), any type of wart can develop.
They aren't usually transferable – HPV viruses can spread to other parts of the body, but they typically appear where there is a break in the skin. People spread warts by rubbing their skin against each other. HPV can cause many types of warts, including common bodily and genital warts (types 6 and 11). Nonetheless, if you have a wart on your hand caused by an HPV type that can also cause genital warts (either HPV types 6 or 11), there is the possibility that skin contact will result in the growth of these warts. No evidence suggests that common bodily and genital warts may increase a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer. While some HPV types are associated with cervical cancer, these are usually not the types that cause warts.
Not all blemishes are warts – many types of warts, lumps, or pimples can be found on the genital area of a person. It's not necessarily a big deal to find one. You should consult a nurse or doctor when unsure about what's happening down there. Below is a brief overview of common types of genital marks and blemishes:
You will notice small, skin-coloured growths on or around your genital area as a symptom of the genital wart virus. There are times when the growths clump together and resemble cauliflowers.
Other symptoms associated with genital warts include:
Consult a GP or nurse if you have any concerns about something on the skin surrounding your genitals for peace of mind and expert advice.
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