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Genetal Warts - Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


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Genetal warts is a Transmitted Infection which is caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. Genetal warts are extremely contagious and can be passed from one person to another fairly easily. Warts are benign tumors of the epidermis. Some people will have a genetal HPV infection without genetal warts. The virus can create small dimples on genital areas, or on the cervix, in the anal area and in some very odd cases, the mouth. Genetal warts appear as small growths or bumps which can group together to form a cluster. These clusters normally have a cauliflower-like appearance. Warts can be found by themselves, and it is not uncommon to have a single wart in the genital region. Genitile warts are normally small, flesh-colored lumps, often flat, tiny. Genital warts is not the same as genital herpies, although there are similarities between the two conditions.

Genitle warts can be cancerous and wart removal is extremely important when warts become apparent. Genitile herpes will primarily effect the genitals and around the anal opening but can also be found in other places such as in the mouth. The primary outbreak of genital herpes will normally show within one week after the virus was transfered, but in some cases it can take longer. Genital warts mainly occur among young people around 20 years of age. It is therefore extremely important to treat genital warts as soon as you are aware of their presence. You should also avoid any skin to skin contact with other people until you get rid of the condition, or you run the risk of passing the HPV virus on, and possibly infecting others too. While seeking for treatment of genetal warts, it must be remembered that these warts may disappear on its own. Genetal warts may be related to the development of cervical cancer. So if you have this type of warts, get them treated properly as soon as possible and have regular cervical smears.

Causes of Genetal wart

More common in kids than in adults, warts are skin infections caused by viruses of the human papillomavirus family. They can affect any area of the body, but are usually found on the fingers, hands, and feet. virus is spread during skin-to-skin contact. There are more than 60 types of HPV, and several types can cause genital area warts.

Common causes and risk factors of Genetal wart:

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
  • Heavy perspiration.
  • Poor hygiene, and pregnancy.
  • Contact with an infected partner.
  • Genital infections.

Signs and Symptoms of Genetal wart

Genetal wart are painless, but sometimes they can cause burning, itching or slight bleeding. They can appear as small pink or red bumps, or resemble white to flesh colored lesions, which can be flat or raised. You can have a single wart, or cluster of them.

Sign and symptoms may include the following :

  • Pain or bleeding.
  • Tiny, gray, pink or red swellings in your genital area that grow quickly.
  • Increased discharge.
  • Itching or burning sensation in your genital area.

Treatment for Genetal wart

There is no way to prevent Genetal warts, it's always a good idea to encourage kids to wash their hands and skin regularly and well. Surgical treatments include freezing them, cutting them or burning them off. However these treatments are very painful, can be expensive, and can lead to permanent scarring or disfigurement. However, wart medicines contain strong chemicals and should be used with care because they can also damage areas of healthy skin. Never use over-the-counter wart medicine on the face or genitals.

Treatment may include:

  • Topical drug therapy, such as trichloroacetic acid 85%, is applied weekly to external areas, or podophyllum resin may be applied topically to the wart, also weekly.
  • Warts that are larger than 2.5 cm are generally removed by carbon dioxide laser treatment, cryo-surgery, or electrocautery.
  • Other treatments include interferon, Podofilox, Imiquimod, and combined laser and interferon therapy.