The Facts About Genital Warts Treatment
If you are sexually active you are putting yourself at risk for getting genital warts. The more partners you have, the higher your risk. Genital warts are caused by a virus known as HPV. This virus and the warts it causes are highly contagious, which is why HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world today. If you think you may have these warts it is time you learned the facts about genital warts treatment.
It can be disheartening to have your genital warts removed only to discover they have returned after a few months. Does this mean you have a new infection? No, it just means that the HPV that causes genital warts is still in your system. There is no cure for HPV. But in many individuals the immune system will get rid of the virus.
A genital warts treatment can range from home remedies to surgery. If you want to try a home remedy for your warts you can try putting some apple cider vinegar on the warts. Undiluted apple cider vinegar may burn so you can dilute it with water before you apply it. Some people like to use tea tree oil or green tea on their warts. However, it is not a good idea to use over the counter wart medicine that is intended for warts on the hands or the feet. This type of wart medication is too harsh for the delicate skin of the genital area.
If you have a lot of warts or if home remedies don’t seem to be doing the trick then you need to see your doctor. He can give you a prescription for a genital wart cream. There are two types of creams that can be applied by you at home. One type of cream works by boosting the body’s immune system so that it can eliminate genital warts. Another type of cream your doctor may give you is made from a plant resin, and it will destroy the wart tissue.
Another type of genital warts treatment your doctor may choose to use is to apply liquid nitrogen to the warts to freeze them off. Some doctors will use a device that provides an electric current to burn the warts off. Both of these methods can be slightly painful and cause skin irritation. Sometimes these treatments will produce scarring.
Women who have genital warts inside the vagina and on the cervix will be treated differently. The first thing your doctor should do is to perform a PAP test to determine if you have abnormal cells on your cervix. These abnormal cells could be an early indicator of cervical cancer. If the PAP test is negative for abnormal cells, the doctor may decide to remove the genial warts from the cervix using a device that burns the warts away with an electrical current. In some cases, if the warts are extensive, or if they keep recurring your doctor may use a laser to burn the warts away.
As you can see, genital warts treatment depends upon several different factors. It is a good idea to talk with your doctor about your best treatment option.