Genital Warts are more commonly referred to as Human papillomavirus (HPV) and is a virus caused by sexually transmitted infections. It is a contagious disease and the condition can lead to even cervical or oral cancer. So, one has to be careful. The symptoms show up as skin growths on genitals, groin and in the anal areas. They can be flat in nature or even a cluster of bumps.
HOW IS GENITAL WARTS DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will perform a physical exam. In women, this includes a pelvic exam. An office procedure called colposcopy is used to spot warts that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The virus that causes genital warts can cause abnormal results on a Pap smear.
HOW IS GENITAL WARTS TREATED?
The genital warts may go away on their own but the infection needs to be treated at the root. Topical wart treatments such as podophyllin and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) may be prescribed. The warts may be removed through laser treatments, electrocautery, cryosurgery or through cutting off warts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Genital warts can be treated but they will come back unless the root cause is identified and treated. These are considered to be particularly harmful for women as they may develop into cancer of the cervix or vulva.