A wart is a small, rough, and fleshy formation that usually grows on a person’s hands and feet, but could also appear on other parts of the body. But there are times when warts grow on the genitals, and could be very unsightly and disturbing. These growths would cause people to be alarmed.
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. These warts are spread through sexual contact, especially ones that are unprotected. For women, they grow outside and even inside the vagina, on the cervix, or around the anus. For men, they are usually seen on the tip of the penis but could grow on other parts of the penis as well.
There are times when the warts grow around the anus, and even inside. Women who have this should be wary; the same virus is known to cause cervical cancer. This is one reason why women should get treated immediately once they get genital warts.
Genital warts are growths that usually clump into clusters. Some may be miniscule while some could spread out and make large masses in the genitals, and even up to the anal area. These warts may even look like small cauliflowers or small stalks. Because of this, they could be very disturbing and very ugly to look at. Men and women who have these growths often say that the warts are painless. There are other various symptoms but are rare in occurrence.
The following symptoms are possible, but are also rare: an increase in the vaginal discharge among women, increased moisture in the area of the warts, itching (which could be severe) in the parts where there are growths, vaginal bleeding which could occur with sexual intercourse or without.
The symptoms can be visible, but there are times when they cannot be seen with the naked eye. There is a method that doctor’s use called acetowhitening.
This includes the use of a diluted form of acetic acid which is applied to an area of suspicion. Those areas that have growths turn white after 5-10 minutes. Magnification (or medically termed as colposcopy) of the genital area of the woman may be called for by the doctor in order to check if there are any growths inside the vagina and even on the cervix. Doctors may even order women who have genital warts to have a Pap smear to check if the HPV has caused any changes in the cervix.
There are many treatment options available for people who have genital warts. There are medications, such as Wartrol, that provides great relief for those who have warts caused by the human papillomavirus. This is especially helpful for people who find this kind of infection very uncomfortable. Since the warts grow on very sensitive areas, doctors also have other treatment options.
Before choosing what kind of treatment to undertake, it is best to consult the doctor before trying them out. Some people may need to have individualized treatments because all people do not have the same reactions to the treatments.