Genital Warts Symptoms

Their Treatment

By: - Disease & Illness - February 17, 2011
genital warts symptoms

Genital warts, also known as anal warts or venereal warts, are a highly communicable disease transmitted during sexual intercourse. It is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) and spreads from infected partner to healthy partner via skin-to-skin contact during sexual intercourse.

The most common symptom associated with this HPV infection is genital warts. Genital warts are external growths found in the genital areas of both men and women. They are typically pink or gray in color and can occur at any age. They are most commonly seen in patients between 17-33 years of age. However, genital warts are also seen in young children less than three years of age, which may be due to direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected person.

Genital warts symptoms are fairly similar both in men and women.

In women: Women infected with this disease often suffer from itching around the genital areas and vaginal discharge. Warts are commonly seen growing on the vulva, moist areas of the vaginal opening and cervix, the area around the peripheral genitals and the anus. These warts are usually soft, grow in clusters as raised masses that usually have a smooth surface and occasionally grow as rough finger like projections. Sometimes they also appear as a lustrous and globular-like dark surface. Women seldom suffer from bleeding after sexual intercourse and most of the times these warts occur without symptoms.

In men: In men, genital warts have a comparable appearance and may occur on the opening of the penis, scrotum, urethra and the anus region. These warts can also occur around the mouth and throat of an individual if he had oral sex with an infected person.
Most of these warts appear as raised lesions, however, sometimes they may also appear as flat lesions hidden beneath the hair on the males.

Genital warts treatment
Most of the times genital warts infection is symptomless other than appearance and therefore they go unnoticed. However, it is vital to identify that genital warts exist and one should take necessary precautions.
• One should prevent breakout in the infected area, which may cause bleeding.
• The infected person should be careful during sexual intercourse to prevent transfer of this disease to the healthy partner.
• Because these warts are contagious, avoid skin-to-skin contact with them.
• Never pick or squeeze these genital warts.

However, today genital warts treatment is available. Laser surgery has proven successful in genital warts treatment.


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