What Are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. Find out more about other sexually transmitted diseases here. Almost half of all sexually active men and women contract HPV at some point during their lives. Genital warts are easily transmittable via sexual contact. However, it can take anywhere between one and three months for warts to appear after becoming infected. Furthermore, some people who have been infected will never get warts.
Genital Warts Symptoms
Remember, not everyone who has been infected with genital warts actually develops warts. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to genital warts, contact a doctor immediately.
Genital warts can appear in several different ways. Here are some signs and symptoms:
- Raised, flat, pink, or flesh-colored in appearance
- Single warts or clusters of warts (can be either small or large in size)
- A group of warts that appear like a cauliflower in shape
- Itching, burning, discomfort, and/or bleeding in the genital area
Genital Warts Treatments
If you notice genital warts and experience discomfort, contact a doctor and receive medical care immediately. However, it is important to note that warts can return even after treatment. Additionally, even if treatment helps clear up genital warts, you still may have the ability to infect others with HPV.
Here are some common treatments for genital warts:
- Prescription topical creams
- Cryotherapy (freezing the warts with liquid hydrogen)
- Electrocautery (using an electrical current to burn off warts)
- Surgical excision
- Laser treatments
Do not use over the counter wart removers to try and remove genital warts. They are not intended for the genital area and will cause further discomfort.
Schedule an appointment with Advanced Urology Experts
Advanced Urology Associates specializes in treatment for sexually transmitted diseases for both men and women. For more information, please give our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates a call at 815.409.4930 serving near Chicago, Joliet, Frankfort, New Lenox, Morris, and Naperville, Illinois.
Please visit any of our locations in the Chicagoland area:
Advanced Urology Morris
1401 Lakewood Dr. Unit 3
Morris, IL 60450
Advanced Urology Silver Cross Location
1890 Silver Cross Blvd.
Pavilion A, Ste. 430
New Lenox, IL 60451
Advanced Urology AUA Prostate Cancer Center
1541 Riverboat Center Drive
Joliet, IL 60431