Genital warts, also called condyloma acuminata or venereal warts, affect men and women worldwide. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted through sexual or skin-to-skin interactions.
A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is usually due to unprotected sex with infected subjects. It is highly contagious, thus, having protection, such as latex condoms is recommended to prevent HPV’s spread.
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Women have a higher chance of infection than men due to the larger surface area of the exposed genitalia, but with proper hygiene and care, the chances to get genital warts can be greatly reduced.
Symptoms of genital warts
Genital warts grow near the genital or anal areas with smooth round grey-colored flesh. It can also spread to other areas without proper care and medication. They can be painful and have a burning sensation at times. If left untreated, they may develop into cauliflower-like warts that are rough to the touch.
These warts can also be itchy and irritable with time, which may be a sign of early stages of genital warts. This infection can also be transmitted through oral sex that can transfer to the mouth. Warts can also develop on the tip of the penis, shaft, and scrotum for males; and in the vulva, cervix, and inside the vaginal walls for women. Vaginal discharge is also common for women who have acquired the infection. This can traverse through the bloodstream leading to cervical cancer, if left untreated. Images of the beginning stages of genital warts may prove a useful tool for scouring initial outbreaks to aid in containing the infection.
They may not always be visible to the naked eye but they can accumulate over time. It may take years until you notice its growth. But normally, the progress from sexual encounter to break out takes around six (6) months to a year before it becomes visible. Thus, it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately if you have spotted the symptoms.
Pictures of genital warts in women at early stages
One way of halting the spread of this infection is by having protected sex. Using latex condoms is the best possible way to prevent the spread or acquiring of genital warts. It may not be a hundred percent safe but it greatly reduces the chance of transmission.
Taking preemptive vaccinations also plays a hand in protection from being infected. Gardasil – an HPV vaccine – is advisable to be taken at least three times in the span of six months to increase the chance of protection from genital warts, that was gained from a study that at least 90% of genital warts cases were thwarted.
Talking with your sexual partner about his/her history is also of utmost importance. Keeping both of you informed if you’ve ever had contracted this disease from previous sexual encounters can help you plan your precautions. Tracking both your sexual health by constantly getting yourself checked out and diagnosed is a sure way to keep yourself informed of the current state of your health. Viable testing is recommended through doctors by the form of pap smear or biopsies to ensure that you keep yourself safe from future health hazards.
Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle can also reduce the chance of you contracting the disease so your body can fight against it.
Eating right with proper exercise can boost your body’s immune system that assists in the prevention of transmission.
There are a handful of home-made treatments you can administer if you’re not yet keen on getting yourself checked out. But it is highly advisable that you go to your nearest doctor for viable treatment.
It is always better to be handled by a professional in the field, than apply DIY remedies for your genital wart treatments.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Using ACV will not cure HPV infection with its application. It is not a lasting remedy for genital warts but instead, it helps by possibly removing the warts by applying the vinegar to the infected spot. There are generally many uses and ways to apply ACV to your warts. This instruction for applying apple cider vinegar to your spot is as follows.
- You’ll need to mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one tablespoon of water evenly.
- Take a swab of cotton and submerge it in the solution.
- Apply this solution every day for a week for 10 to 15 minutes a day.
- Notice that your warts will soften then turn black, in which case they can fall off in a matter of days.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is made up of evergreen leaves of the mrythle family Myrtaceae native to the regions of Australia. It is popularly known as an anti-septic and anti-inflammatory treatment for the skin. It also serves as antiviral and antifungal agent, which is great in alleviating the accumulation of genital warts.
Use at least four to five drops of the oil (almond or olive oil can be used as substitute) and pour it on a cotton swab. Dab the oil to the warts to help ease irritation and itching. After few minutes you’ll feel its effect that assists in alleviating its symptoms.
- Oil Leaf Extracts
Oil leaf extracts have long been used by the ancient Egyptians for medicinal purposes. The extract helps stave off infections, lower blood pressure, and alleviate arthritis. It also contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties that assist in the persistence of genital warts.
These extracts can be bought at health markets in capsule form, which you can take once to thrice daily as recommended by the University of Maryland Medical Center. An amount of 250mg to 500mg are advised to maximize the effect of this medication. Long lasting effect bolsters the immune system to help fight invading microbes (such as genital warts) to prevent contamination.
- Oatmeal Bath
One way of treating the genital wart’s irritable itchiness is by applying a well prepared oatmeal bath. It alleviates the compounding discomfort and promotes higher well being. Also, good for the skin, an oatmeal bath enriches the infected area to help decrease – by a small amount – the likelihood of another outbreak.
Boil up a cup water and pour to a bowl. Add a tinge of oatmeal to the bowl and wait for the oatmeal to warm down. Remember to put a less desirable amount of oatmeal because it absorbs the water pretty fast. When it’s warmed down, get a cotton swab or a piece of cloth and submerge it in the oatmeal. Apply the wet cloth/cotton to the infected areas to alleviate the itchiness.
These home remedies aren’t a sure way to cure genital warts but it helps in maintaining a considerable amount of comfort for those who have been dealing with this condition for some time. The best possible solution for remedying the condition is to consult a physician who knows the suitable treatment. Proper care and consulting well informed professionals are recommended to find best possible remedy for your needs.
Staying informed about the risks and dangers of the condition and symptoms of genital warts can also substantially encourage you to take proper steps for warding off further spreading. Remember that knowledge is power. Knowing the ins and outs of proper procedures assists in staying on top of your feet to take precautionary measure.
Don’t be hesitant to consult a doctor if your case is progressing worse than expected. Home remedies can be used to take the edge off of the discomfort and irritation genital warts bring. But in the end, nothing beats the good old treatment from a physician. Be mindful of what you’re feeling at all times to ensure that you can live your life without the worrisome trouble of acquiring genital warts.