Genital warts removal is a very important consideration for one’s health and safety. The general response to genital warts is disregarding them. This maybe due to embarrassment as it is sexually transmitted. What you need to know all about genital warts is that you can treat them just like other warts. However, you should not use over-the-counter medications without prescription from your doctor.
The next thing you should know all about genital warts is they are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. These occur in the penis, scrotum, vagina, urethra, cervix, the groin and the area around the anus. In this genital warts picture, you will notice that they appear in clusters, either flat or mole-like formations with small stem extensions at the bottom.
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Furthermore, you should be aware of HPV symptoms. If you observe that there is excessive moisture in the area of the growth, note that these may be severely infected. Other symptoms include constant itching in the genital and anal areas; increased abnormal vaginal or penis discharge; and abnormal bleeding after sex for women. In spite of these, some genital warts have no such symptoms and are invisible. It’s better to get checked.
Women could have pelvic examination, colposcopy, Pap smear and doctor-assisted application of acetic acid in the vagina and cervix to make the warts obvious. Men could go through anal Pap smear or acetowhite test, similar to the women’s acetic acid application. These are all about genital warts detection so you can be ready for treating genital warts. (see these genital warts pictures as a visual). See also more information about treating genital warts.
Your medical history matters in diagnosis and genital warts removal. Your doctor may ask about your safe-sex practice; if you have multiple partners; if your partner has sexually transmitted disease. You must answer honestly so he can give you the best treatment.
Be warned that internal genital warts cannot be treated at home without professional help. The genitals and its surrounding areas are very sensitive; hence medical proficiency is a must. Here are common solutions doctors prescribe: .15%-.5% podofilox solution-based genital wart creams or gels are to be applied and not washed off. Its common usage would be twice a day for 3 consecutive days then go without application for the next 4-7 days. Imiquimod is a topical cream for boosting immunity. Trichloroacetic acid is also effective, however not to be used in the vagina or cervix.
Some genital warts removal options include liquid nitrogen cryotherapy for 6 months – the warts are exposed to extreme freezing, and kills warts almost 80% of the time. It does not necessarily destroy the virus; recurrence is higly possible. Electrodessication, surgical excision and cauterization or burning the warts off are the most popular types of wart removal. This ranges from $75 to $300 per session. Laser ablation is the last resort for extreme cases, as these promises to vaporize the warts off. This is also the most expensive one, ranging from $600 to $1,500 per session.
Abstinence from sex is the most certain way to avoid contracting genital warts. For most people who regularly engage in sexual intercourse, use male or female condoms. Find out if your partner has STD by checking out for HPV symptoms mentioned above. You could encourage having tests together. Obviously this site is all about home remedies, but please believe me when I say that the only genital warts home remedies you can trust are for external warts, NEVER internal.
For external genital warts removal at home, follow the method outlined by Dr Charles in Chapter 6: best home wart remover. Pay particular attention to the important tip on page 99 and you will get excellent results.