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How do I know I have genital warts?

Some people are unaware that they have genital warts because they are unfamiliar with the tell tale signs? If you know their appearance, it will be a lot easier to tell if you’re infected.

So, what are the physical signs of genital warts?

Genital warts are usually white or pink tiny lumps originating around the genital area. They are so minute that it is extremely difficult to notice them until they start to emerge in clusters.

How are genital warts caused?

Genital warts are caused mainly by the HPV virus. Generally, warts range in many different sizes so it is advised that you provide immediate medical attention if you feel anything uncommon in your genital area.

Men and women can have genital warts. In men, the warts can appear on the anus, urethra, scrotum, and penis. Warts found near the anus are rough finger like projections while those found on the penis appear smooth. Their shape can be likened to a cauliflower and has pearly colour. Since the genital area is covered with pubic hair, genital warts are oftentimes hard to see.

In women, genital warts are found around the vagina where there is lots of moisture. If you have genital warts around the vagina, you should see a qualified doctor at once because there is a high chance that you may have the warts in the ano-rectal and cervix area as well. Women are more prone to develop cervical cancer especially if the warts reach the cervix. Once you find out if you have genital warts, schedule an appointment with the doctor at once.

Today, there are several treatment options available for getting rid of genital warts, such as creams and cryotherapy (freezing the warts) and they have a good rate of success.  Once the doctor diagnoses your true condition, you will be able to choose the best treatment alternative.

At Freedomhealth we are keen to vaccinate against HPV at the earliest opportunity. Our preferred routine at Freedomhealth is to use PCR testing to identify if a person already has the HPV virus. If there is no proven infection then we would be keen to immunise using the vaccine called Gardasil. Gardasil is given once, then after two months and finally after three months. A booster is likely to be needed from time to time.

If you suspect that you have genital warts, and recognise any of signs mentioned in this article above, then please book a consultation with one of our medical professionals who are more than happy to help you.

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