There is a lot of talk about how genital HPV impacts women, specifically how the virus can increase a woman’s risk of getting cervical cancer – which is true. However, few people discuss how genital HPV is also the cause of genital warts, and male sufferers are particularly neglected. A man who is sexually active is at risk of getting genital warts at least once in his lifetime, so it’s important that men know the causes, symptoms of genital HPV, and how to get proper treatment for genital warts.
The goal of wart treatment is to destroy or remove the wart without creating scar tissue, which can be more painful than the wart itself. How a wart is treated depends on the type of wart, its location, and its symptoms. Also important is your willingness to follow a course of treatment that can last for weeks or months.
Surgical therapy has the advantage of usually eliminating warts at a single visit. However, such therapy requires substantial clinical training, additional equipment, and a longer office visit. After local anesthesia is applied, the visible genital warts can be physically destroyed by electrocautery, in which case no additional hemostasis is required. Care must be taken to control the depth of electrocautery to prevent scarring. Alternatively, the warts can be removed either by tangential excision with a pair of fine scissors or a scalpel, by laser, or by curettage. Because most warts are exophytic, this procedure can be accomplished with a resulting wound that only extends into the upper dermis. Hemostasis can be achieved with an electrocautery unit or a chemical styptic (e.g., an aluminum chloride solution). Suturing is neither required nor indicated in most cases if surgical removal is performed properly. Surgical therapy is most beneficial for patients who have a large number or area of genital warts. Both carbon dioxide laser and surgery might be useful in the management of extensive warts or intraurethral warts, particularly for those persons who have not responded to other treatments.
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German researchers have found that “high” consumption of pork products is associated with the development of genital warts, although they were referring to consumption of 600 to 1,000 grams (1-2 pounds) of sausage and ham daily. Germans typically eat smoked pork products without cooking them.
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The only sure way to prevent genital warts is not to have sex. Using a condom may help prevent you from getting HPV, but condoms are not 100% effective. They do not cover all the affected skin, and you may still get HPV, even if you use a condom.
Warts on the genitals are very contagious and can be passed to another person during oral, vaginal or anal sex. It is important not to have unprotected sex if you or your partner has warts on the genital area. In women, warts can grow on the cervix (inside the vagina), and a woman may not even know she has them. She may pass the infection to her sexual partner without knowing it.
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Surgical excision – It is a popular wart removal operation. The bottom line is that the warts are surgically cut and removed. Here, you will be put under an anesthetic, so you need not to worry about the pain.
Viruses called human papillomavirus (HPV) cause warts. It is easier to catch a virus that causes warts when you have a cut or scrape on your skin. This explains why so many children get warts. Warts also are more common on parts of the body that people shave such as the beard area in men and the legs in women. You can spread warts from one place on your body to another.
Over-the-counter wart removers won’t work on genital warts, and may cause more discomfort. Genital warts require a special type of topical treatment that can be prescribed by your doctor. Those creams include:
Acid (liquid or patch): The most common wart treatment is a special kind of acid, called salicylic acid, to put on the wart. Don’t worry. Acid sounds scary but it doesn’t really hurt, although it might sting just a bit. You can paint it on the wart like polish, or your parents can buy a patch that looks like a bandage and has the acid in it. Before your parents put on the acid, you should soak the wart in warm water for about 10 minutes. Then your parents should buff the wart with something that has a rough surface, like a cardboard nail file, called an emery board, or a special rough stone called a pumice stone. That softens up the wart so the acid works better. The acid peels away the skin. Eventually, the wart will peel away, too.
The warts normally appear near the vagina, vulva, urethra, cervix, penis, larynx, or anus. Sometimes, they’re so small and flat that you might not notice them right away. They may clump together or look like cauliflower.
There is no cure for HPV infection, although in many people warts and HPV infection go away on their own without any treatment. Various treatments are available that may be useful if warts are unsightly or causing discomfort. Discuss these with a doctor or sexual health clinic. Changes in the cells of the cervix caused by HPV infection can also be treated.
Sexually active persons can lower their chances of getting HPV by limiting their number of partners. However, HPV is common and often goes unrecognized; persons with only one lifetime sex partner can have the infection. For this reason, the only definitive method to avoid giving and getting HPV infection and genital warts is to abstain from sexual activity.
Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The warts themselves are usually painless, but they can become bothersome once they multiply and grow unchecked. They can also cause bleeding, so if you notice that you’re bleeding randomly from your urethra or vagina, have it checked immediately. In addition, warts that grow inside the urethra can disrupt the flow of urine. If you notice anything unusual while urinating, there’s a possibility that you have warts inside the passageway.3
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The virus that causes genital warts is called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).There are more than 180 types of HPV. Many cause no problems. Some cause warts on other parts of the body and not the genitals. Types 6 and 11 are most commonly linked to genital warts.
Intra-anal warts should be managed in consultation with a specialist. Many persons with warts on the anal mucosa also have warts on the rectal mucosa, so persons with anal and/or intra-anal warts might benefit from an inspection of the rectal mucosa by digital examination, standard anoscopy, or high-resolution anoscopy.
Although HPV isn’t curable, genital warts are treatable. You can also go extended periods of time without an outbreak, but it’s not possible to get rid of the warts forever. That’s because genital warts are only a symptom of HPV, which is a chronic, lifelong infection. Even with treatment, warts may come back in the future.
While there is no cure for HIV, there are medications that can suppress the amount of virus multiplying inside the body. People take a combination of antiviral drugs in hopes of preventing the infection from advancing to AIDS. Additional treatments can help prevent or fight off serious infections, if the immune system has weakened.
A doctor will do an examination, make a diagnosis, and then provide treatment, if necessary. A number of different treatments might be used depending on where the warts are, how big they are, and how many there are. The doctor might put special medications on the warts or remove them with like laser therapy or chemical “freezing.”
With regards to the early signs of genital warts, you need to keep in mind that they can appear weeks to months after the infection. Women who have recently had unprotected sex and are looking for early signs of genital warts will either have to check regularly or get tested (i.e. pap smear). Sometimes, women experience abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding after sex or an itchy feeling in the genital areas.
This image shows throat warts (papillomas) before treatment and during the treatment process. Left to right: warts prior to treatment, warts on day of silver nitrate treatment, warts two days after treatment, warts four days after treatment, warts six days after treatment, and warts remaining nine days after treatment.
If you start a new relationship and either you or your partner have had previous sex partners, use condoms without exception for the first six months. Then you should both be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. This should include blood tests for Aids and syphilis, and a Pap smear for the female partner.
Bleeding warts that cannot be controlled with direct pressure should be seen by a health-care professional. Warts that obstruct the urethral opening and don’t allow you to urinate are an emergency and should be treated as soon as possible.
While it’s not known why the incidence of this type of cancer is increasing, it’s believed to be the result of more people engaging in sexual activity with more partners than in years past, combined with an increase in oral sex practices. Consequently, more people have oral HPV infections, which put them at risk. (1)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler’s educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Most STD treatments do not protect you from getting the same infection again. A course of drugs may cure gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia or trichomoniasis, but a new exposure can start a new infection. If your partner is not treated, you can continue to pass infections back and forth. And if you’re not taking the right precautions to protect yourself, you can be re-infected quickly or even pick up a second STD.
For some people, it takes several months to remove the warts, so it is important to be persistent and patient. You may also be advised to avoid soaps, creams and lotions while you are having treatment as these can irritate the skin.6
Gardasil 6 is an HPV vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancers and genital warts. Gardasil is designed to prevent infection with HPV types 16, 18, 6, and 11. HPV types 16 and 18 currently cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases, and also cause some vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancers. HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of documented cases of genital warts.
Foot pain may be caused by injuries (sprains, strains, bruises, and fractures), diseases (diabetes, Hansen disease, and gout), viruses, fungi, and bacteria (plantar warts and athlete’s foot), or even ingrown toenails. Pain and tenderness may be accompanied by joint looseness, swelling, weakness, discoloration, and loss of function. Minor foot pain can usually be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation and OTC medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Severe pain should be treated by a medical professional.
Genital warts look like small flesh-colored, pink or red growths in or around the sex organs. The warts may look similar to the small parts of a cauliflower or they may be very tiny and difficult to see. They often appear in clusters of three or four, and may grow and spread rapidly. They usually are not painful, although they may cause mild pain, bleeding, and itching.