Treating Genital Warts

February 22, 2012

Genital warts are flesh colored growths in the genital areas of both men and women. These sexually transmitted disease are virus infections caused by HPV or Human Papilloma Virus. Genital warts can be passed on from one person to another, as it is very infectious. You can see genital warts from 2 to 4 weeks after infection and sometimes can be itchy with occasional bleeding.

 

There are several ways to treat genital warts. Medications and surgery can be use depending on the severity of the warts. Medication includes the use of Podofilox (Condylox), Imiquimod (Aldara) and Trichloroacetic Acid among others. You can use Podofilox at home through self application but it is suggested that you let the doctor do the initial application. It is also use for prevention of genital warts. Aside from being a treatment cream, Imiquimod is used to boost your immune system to fend off warts.  Avoiding sexual contact is a must when using this cream. To burn genital warts through medication, you can utilize Trichloroacetic Acid. However, this is not highly recommended as it often causes pain and burning. Aside from medications, there are also surgical treatments that you can choose from. Cryotherapy is one method that involves wart freezing with the use of liquid nitrogen. In this method, warts will be frozen and the lesions can be dried and shed off thus forming a new skin. Another treatment that can be use is through Electrocautery or Electrodessication. This technique uses electric current to destroy or burn off the warts. The most popular though is laser treatment. This process uses intense beam light to remove warts. Laser treatment although the most expensive, is still one of the most accepted one. However, in extreme cases, surgical excision or the use of special tool to take out genital warts is the only option.

 

Prevention is the key to avoid genital warts. There are a lot of preventive measures that are cost effective and simple to do. One is by using condoms during sexual contacts. This is an effective way to prevent transmission. You should also avoid sexual contact completely until your genital warts are treated and healed. You may also consider the use of HPV vaccine Gardasil. Although it may not completely prevent HPV, it can reduce the risk of infection. Male and female aged 9 to 26 can have this HPV vaccine. Another vaccine, Cervanix, can also be use but this is for females only ages 10 to 25.

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