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Best Ways To Treat Genital Warts

May 9, 2008
A worrying aspect of sexual health in recent years is genital warts which can grow in and around male and female sex organs; these can form into ugly groups that can even affect the anal area. They are the result of one of the forms of human papilloma virus or abbreviated to HPV that are transmitted sexually, even orally and are actually a virus. This is one particular instance where using a condom will not always prevent the genital warts; women can be infected and be unaware of the situation for a long time making them easy to transmit to others.

Just to compound the problem, there is no reason why once infected a person is infected, they do not have to show signs straight away and the virus may not activate for months, even longer. The person who contracts them however, becomes a silent carrier and that is how this disease is spreading rampantly in today's world. To date more than 100 human papilloma virus viruses have been discovered but the one that causes ano-genital warts is called human papilloma virus 6 (HPV6). Although outer warts can be easily seen, women who develop them inside their genitalia may not be seen until a doctor examines the site.

Women may display some additional discharge as genital warts may cause the area around them to be moister than other areas and it is this condition which promotes their growth. To remove them the most popular method of wart removal is to apply liquid nitrogen to the infected area; which has very low temperature and will kill the infected skin and tissues. This is carried out by doctors because liquid nitrogen is not generally available to the general population but the process is not a very painful procedure and whether liquid nitrogen is used depends upon the location.

Sometimes these days lasers are used to remove warts but often a doctor will prefer to use electro-cautery although a minor surgical procedure cannot be rules out. Eradicating them is not completely assured as they can return after treatment and every method available to remove them is still reliant on the area they are located. Imiquimod liquid is used topically to treat genital warts (and anal) as it helps the body's immune system to fight the virus and to get rid of them but it does not kill the virus and new infections can still appear when imiquimod is being used.

It is best to get a doctors consent to use imiquimod as it cannot be used in every circumstance including pregnancy; this is also the case when the skin around the area is inflamed and in particular, internally. Like all medications, imiquimod has side effects and if these are experienced it should be stopped immediately but this is worth discussing with your doctor prior to using it. With such a serious subject, the information on genital warts provided here should not be viewed as complete or in-depth; further facts and advice should be sought by a doctor if you have personal concerns.
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