Genital warts, also known as penile warts, vaginal warts, rectal warts, and anal warts are symptoms of a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease caused by certain types of human papillomavirus.
Genital and HPV warts can occur singly, but are usually found in clusters. They can be found anywhere in the genital or anal area. Frequently they are found on external surfaces including the penile shaft, scrotum, labia majora, or around the anus. They can also be found on internal areas such as inside the vagina, on the cervix, or in the opening of the urethra on women. In men, they are often located on or around the head of the penis.
Genital warts can be small (about 1 to 5 millimeters in diameter), but can grow or spread into large masses. Sometimes they will take on the appearance of small stalks. These warts can be hard or soft, and than can vary in color.
In the majority of cases, genital warts are the only symptom of an HPV infection. They can also cause itching, redness, or discomfort, especially when they are located around the anus. While there are usually no other physical symptoms, genital wart outbreaks can cause psychological distress, including anxiety.
Genital warts are highly contagious and spread through oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner.
It is very important to get checked for HPV. Certain types of the virus that causes genital warts can cause cervical cancer in women, and penile and anal cancer in men. Additionally, both men and women are susceptible to oropharyngeal cancers.
There are different genital warts and HPV treatments depending on the location and size of the warts. These treatments include medication, surgical removal, or cryotherapy. While these treatments will treat the symptoms and discomfort of the virus, it will not eliminate the HPV virus, and does not lower the chances of passing HPV on to a partner, because a cure has yet to be found. However, genital warts treatment should still be a high priority if you suffer from this affliction.
The staff at The Skin & Vein Center can often diagnose HPV warts through a direct visual examination. Because these are highly contagious, it is important to get the proper treatment and follow up.
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